Intersection Safety Tips
State Farm Insurance says about one-third of all crashes happen at intersections and a significant number of these crashes are deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 40% of all crashes nationwide – and 21% of all fatal crashes – occur at intersections. In Florida alone, nearly 29% of traffic fatalities between 2006 and 2010 were related to intersections. During this five-year period, 4,719 people were killed and another 50,408 were seriously injured in intersection-related crashes.
Here are some helpful tips for when you are approaching and crossing an intersection:
- Maintain a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Rear-end crashes are also very common near intersections.
- Try to enter the correct lane for your intended action well in advance of reaching an intersection. Be sure to signal before changing lanes.
- After checking to your left when turning right, always look ahead and right before accelerating. Vehicles ahead of you may stop for pedestrians crossing the street. This is a very common rear-end crash.
- Watch for pedestrians in all directions before making a turn at an intersection. Also, keep an eye out for cyclists going straight through the intersection, either on your right or on the sidewalk.
- Be alert to traffic from the opposite direction turning across your lane in an intersection. Even though you may have the right of way, some intersections allow left-turns without a green arrow.
- Don’t change lanes while driving through the intersection. If you are not in the correct lane before entering the intersection, change lanes after you have cleared the intersection.
These are only a few safety tips you should follow when approaching and crossing an intersection. Make sure you are a safe driver and learn all the proper information for approaching and crossing an intersection.