What can I do to become a better driver and avoid causing an auto accident?

Let’s face it, we have all made mistakes while out on the road—driving to work on I-64, heading to class at Hampton University, or going to Costco in Newport News. In fact, research shows that nearly 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error. The important thing is to learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others to prevent future accidents from happening.

Following are some of the common driver errors that can lead to a serious car accident:

  • Tailgating – Tailgating, or following a car too closely, is a form of aggressive driving. It is dangerous because, if the lead car has to stop suddenly, the tailgating vehicle will not be able to stop in time to avoid a rear-end crash.
  • Speeding – Many people speed in order to save time. However, speeding is never a good idea because it does not give the driver enough time to react to changing situations on the road.
  • Failing to yield – Many drivers cause accidents when they fail to yield the right of way to another driver. For example, a driver who pulls out of the Jefferson Common’s Shopping Center parking lot and turns directly in front of a car traveling southbound on Jefferson Street in Newport News, may cause a serious accident.
  • Stopping rapidly – When a driver slams on the brakes, he may lose control of his vehicle and crash. A quick stop may also result in a rear-end accident because the car in back does not have time to respond.


Avoiding these four driver errors—tailgating, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, and stopping rapidly—will make you a better driver and help you to avoid a serious accident. Have you been hurt due to the careless acts of another driver? Contact us now to find out how we can help.