The 8 Best Driving Tips for Road Safety
Worldwide, vehicle accidents belong in the top 10 causes of death. Every year, approximately more than 1 million people die because of car crash and other car accidents. Aside from deaths and injuries, there is also a considerable driver population that gets traffic tickets for one or more violations they commit. Really, being a safe driver takes more work than being the reckless one. However, if you are a driver that values the life of your passengers, your vehicle, and the lives of others, you'll take the challenges for defensive driving. Here's how to become a safe driver.
- Regularly maintain your vehicle. Keeping your vehicle in its perfect shape guarantees no hassle driving. It is also your best guard against accidents caused by broken or damaged parts. Very important regular services for your vehicle include your engine, antifreeze/coolant level, braking system, mirrors, headlights, wiper blades, tires, and other parts.
- Stay Focused. When you're on the road, pay 100 percent attention to what you are doing. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and use your rear-view mirrors to see what's behind you. Don't get distracted with anything you see as you don't know if the vehicle behind you is running too fast and might bump your car if you keep on staring at something else. Other driving distractions include sleepiness, fatigue, daydreaming, etc.
- Don't over speed. If your car is running extremely fast, you might cause a collision when you suddenly stop. The science of physics state that over-acceleration can increase stored energy that needs to be released in any collision. In addition, all increases in speed result in decreased reaction time to hazards as you are covering more distance shorter before it takes time to react.
- Buckle up. Wear your seatbelts all the time when inside the car. When it comes to inventions, seatbelts are the most important safety device ever invented for drivers. It protects the driver and passengers in two ways: protects you from impacts and restrains you enough so you won't be thrown away from your vehicle. Don't worry about your seat belts wrinkling your clothes or if you are uncomfortable with it. Think of the head injury you might suffer when you're thrown outside your car which can lead to death.
- Don't drink and drive. Drunk drivers are commonly the ones involved in car crashes and other accidents. In fact, drunk driving is the number one cause of vehicle accidents in most countries. If you're drunk, your perception and senses diminish significantly. When you are out in a bar with a group of friends, there should be someone who's not drinking to drive the rest of the group home. If you're out alone and had more than a little amount of alcohol, don't get behind the steering wheel rather get a taxi.
- Slow down when it's raining. During the wet months the road is slippery and visibility is not at all tolerable - drive slowly. Fog, rain, and hail are potentially dangerous driving conditions.
- Don't use your mobile phone when driving. You can't do two things at the same time, especially if the other one is driving a vehicle. Even though hands-free features allow you to talk to someone on the phone with both your hands on the steering wheel, it is still not safe.
- Buckle the kids at the back. The vehicle's front area is definitely a no-no for kids under twelve. In case of collisions children at the front can easily be thrown outside and the airbags are not safe for kids below the age of 12 years either.