Sadly, road accidents are inevitable, but, the good thing is, they are preventable only if car owners are willing to do the things necessary behind the wheel. Road users are implored to follow all traffic rules and avoid reckless driving. Here are some great tips to help you avoid road traffic accidents and arriving safely instead:
- Ensure your seatbelts are fastened:
Seat belts are designed to reduce the risk of death by as much as 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by almost 50%. Surprisingly, some car users only use their seatbelts at the sight of traffic officials to evade being fined. Use your belts and be sure other passengers buckle up too.
- Do not take your hands off the steering wheel:
Properly holding the steering wheel of your vehicle is an important safety precaution to observe every time you get behind the wheel. Be conscious of your posture, body position, and hand placement while driving. The 10 past 10 time position on the clock is the most advisable for any driver. Reduce in-car distractions such as changing radio stations or CDs, cell phones, eating or momentarily taking a hand off the wheel.
- Never use your cell phone:
There is no good reason to be talking on a cell phone while you are driving, this is extremely distracting and dangerous. If you do not have a hands-free model, you will likely have to look at the phone to dial numbers. Even with a hands-free, you will be talking, which will distract you from your driving. Put the phone away, if you do need to make a call, wait until you are parked.
- Do not tailgate:
Leave a ten-second cushion between you and the car in front of you and begin your journey early enough so you don’t speed to make up time. Allow extra room ahead, then, if you need to, you can slow down gradually and avoid using the brake suddenly to avoid being hit from behind by another tailgater. As tempting as it may be when in a hurry, tailgating is a major cause of accidents.
- Never drink and drive:
Drinking and driving puts you and others, including bystanders and pedestrians on the road at risk for injuries and even death. When you consume alcoholic drinks, your sense of judgement is impaired, and your vision may not be the greatest either. Remember, this also includes driving while under the influence of any drugs, including narcotics.
- Follow speed limits:
Simply put, speed limits help limit your speed, which in turn limits the amount of time it takes you to stop your vehicle. If you are driving within the posted speed limit, you will not have this problem, because you will be driving a speed that makes it easy to stop quickly if necessary. It is not just pedestrians you need to worry about another driver may also not be paying attention and run a red light, and you need to be going slowly enough to be able to react on time.
- Ignore aggressive drivers:
There are going to be some drivers who do some pretty crazy things, they drive at dangerous speeds, cut other drivers off, sooner or later, you are going to be faced with one of these people. The best thing to do in a case like this is to try and get as far out of their way as possible. If they are crawling up behind you, honking their horn, slow down and allow them. The quicker you can get them away from you, the safer you will be.