Those routine routes that you take several times a week expose you to a wide variety of weather and traffic conditions that are often not ideal for safe travel. Sometimes, your routine forces you to drive when you aren't in the best condition for safe driving. For example, when you haven't had adequate sleep, or when you're distracted by a serious life event.
Not surprisingly, the three places where you will most likely have a car accident are a part of your driving …show more content…
If you drive at 32 mph in your neighborhood, the 65 mph of your commute quadruples the destructive potential of an accident. Doubling your speed quadruples your kinetic energy, which is what supplies the destructive energy that tears cars apart. In addition, you are also exposed to a higher density of traffic that includes massive semi trucks.
Parking lots are zones of chaos. Some people drive carefully there but many do not. The traffic is unregulated, and obeying the stop signs and following the painted lines is voluntary. Motorists let their guard down because of the slow speeds while pedestrians let down their guard for the same reason. Parking lot accidents are either minor fender benders that can require expensive repair, or collisions with pedestrians causing injuries and even