At least 41,000 highway casualties have been recorded in the USA each and every year since 1993. Deaths by car accident are usually caused by negligence, carelessness, and other factors such as drunk driving. Two famous people who met their untimely death by car crash include American Hollywood icon James Dean and Princess Diana.

James Dean was riding west on Highway 466 near Cholame, California when a 1950 Ford Tudor, driven from the opposite direction, attempted to take the fork onto the Highway 466 route, and crossed into James Deans’ lane without seeing the other car. The two cars met head-on. Dean was taken rushed to a hospital emergency room, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

In 1997, Princess Diana died after a high speed car accident in the Pon d’Alma road tunnel in Paris together with Dodi Al-Fayed. The car where they were traveling in was trying to outrun the paparazzi. Their black Mercedes-Benz crashed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel. Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed passed away of injuries sustained during the horrible car accident.

Safe Driving TipsIf any good came out of these tragedies, it was that more men and women became aware of the dangers of careless driving. The information of the deaths of James Dean and Princess Diana came as a warning to people who were careless with their driving. It also served as a caution to those who were careful in the way they drive in the sense that they were educated that even the most careful of drivers can get into accidents as a result of careless motorists.

Tips to prevent car accidents

Even you are a good and careful driver, there are circumstances beyond your control. However, taking preventive measures is a big help to stay clear of car accidents. Here are these tips on driving more safely:

1. Stay off the mobile phone while driving
Haven’t you heard from the news all as a result of this handy dandy gadget, you find yourself more than what you bargain for. Is that call that important? Can’t it wait? Certainly, you are bound to be distracted. Its even more dangerous when you are using the expressway.

2. Perform a car inspection regularly
As much as possible, any car demands regular routine maintenance. Check your brakes, tires, mirrors, lights and even the windshield wiper.

3. Look ahead
Fix your eyes and check for car’s up head.

4. Be considerate
When you tend to slowed down, put your flashers on to alert drivers behind you when they see you slowing down.

5. Do not drive like a race car driver
If you act like Dale Earnhardt on the racetrack, chances are you’re courting for disaster.

6. Know your car’s limitations
Not all cars are exactly alike.  The Smart Car is not like the Porsche. There are performance limits of every car. Know their capabilities.

7. Keep your car in good shape 
Have a maintenance schedule.

8. It is not the best time after dark 
If you need to travel a very long distance — hazards usually happen after dark. You are already in the state of mental and physical fatigue. Your line of sight may already be decreased. Drive carefully if driving late at night.

9. Do not drink and drive
We all know this, but some people do it anyway.  Get a ride, please.

10. Keep your car neat and tidy
A  messy car is another one way ticket to road accident. Why? If you leave some objects around and it slides or roll under your brake pedal, your attention was taken off the road and you may lose control of the car.

Those tips might not be fool proof against road accidents but nevertheless, an once of prevention is better than none. A vehicle is one invention that people cannot live without. But if its not used wisely, then it may cause the one precious thing most people value here on earth and that is – life!