Intersection collisions account for 30% of all accidents, and 40% of all urban accidents. Intersection collisions often result in higher injury levels as well – as the sides of motor vehicles do not protect drivers and passengers as well as front and rear.
Take in the whole picture to be safe at intersections: in the city, this means looking ahead a full city block; in the country it means looking ahead at least a mile – or to the next hill or curve.
Use your mirrors ( rearview and side) and move your head as well as your eyes.
Listen – for emergency vehicles and others who are attempting to communicate with you using their horns.
Don’t assume that a green light means it is safe to proceed through the intersection. If you are the first or second person waiting for the light to turn green, you are at most risk to be struck by another vehicle running a red light, making a turn, or not driving as professionally as you are.
Be prepared to stop anytime another vehicle enters your path. Be safe out there.