Safety Thursday: Intersection Preparedness

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Intersections are among the most dangerous places to drive, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Statistics from the FHA show that 40-percent of all vehicle accidents and 20-percent of fatal accidents occur in an intersection. The most common types of intersection accidents are rear-end crashes and side swipes.

FHA research indicates that highway-rail grade crossings are also considered intersections and on average account for 10 incidents each week involving tractor-trailers.

Here are some tips from the FHA that could help reduce your chances of being involved in an incident at an intersection:

  • Watch for caution signs; be aware of turn restrictions, pedestrian crossings and ongoing construction.
  • Be aware of other vehicles changing lanes abruptly.
  • Maintain a safe distance between the vehicle behind and in front of you.
  • Be alert to brake lights and turn signals and try to anticipate why others are slowing down.
  • Avoid distractions and always use a hands-free device when driving.
  • Use extra caution when approaching an intersection where vehicles are stopped.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call Thursday May 19, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST call 877-717-5921.