CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Clarkstown police are offering motorists some helpful tips to avoid accidents.
Police are reminding residents that the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in the town are driver inattention/distracted driving and following too closely.
Police note that distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activities, such as looking after children, texting, talking on the phone or to a passenger, eating, smoking or simply thinking about something else other than driving.
Following too closely may be defined as a situation in which a driver in one vehicle is following another vehicle so closely that he or she could not avoid a collision if the driver in front brakes suddenly, according to police.
Police note that such accidents can occur even if the driver of the vehicle in back is attentive to the actions of the vehicle ahead.
Providing enough stopping time with proper following distance allows for more time to react and make efective, well-planned decisions, according to police.
Police encourage drivers to keep in mind the following tips:
• When driving, always keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on the task.
• Maintain a safe following distance.
• Double your following distance in adverse conditions.
Police remind motorists that exercising a little patience and common sense is all it takes to avoid most accidents.