How Can We Prevent Road Accidents From Happening?
There is no doubt about it; there are far too many accidents on the road today. Even if you are the most careful and contentious driver on the road there is still a chance that someone will slam into your car causing you, at the very least, some property damage and maybe something far worse.
There is nothing you can do that will guarantee you a constantly safe and totally accident free driving experience, but there are several things that travellers can do to help minimize the amount of accidents that occur on the road every day.
Obey the Traffic Laws
The government makes prospective drivers pass a test before they get behind the wheel for a reason; automobiles can be very dangerous if they aren't operated properly and according to the laws of the road. Speed limits, traffic signs and all other traffic signals should be closely adhered to every single time someone gets behind the wheel. Traffic laws are put in place to protect all of the travellers who are sharing space on the road. Following traffic signals isn't an option, those drivers that treat it as such are usually the ones you see pulled over to the side of the road being handed a violation by officers or off the side of the road due to being involved in an accident.
Pay Attention to the Road and Your Surroundings at all Times
There can be plenty of things going on in traffic all around you, so it's crucial that you pay attention to everything going on around you. Driving should be your only focus while behind the wheel. Too many travellers use their commute time to eat their breakfasts, drink their coffee, apply their makeup and change their outfits and these are often the drivers that are involved in accidents. If you don't have time to eat, change or apply your makeup before you get in the car, it's probably a good idea to start getting up earlier. Those five extra minutes of sleep won't help you replace your totalled automobile or help with your rehabilitation following an accident.
Put Down the Cell Phone
Our cell phones now are a huge survival tool, they let us make calls, receive and send text messages and e-mails, surf the internet and get directions, watch videos, take pictures and listen to music, among other things, but one place they don't belong is in your hand while you're behind the wheel. You simply can't concentrate on the road and the things going on around you while you're typing a text message or reading an e-mail. There are laws against using your cell phone while driving, and those laws are just as important to follow as all of the other laws on the road, you can read your e-mails and send your texts when you get to your destination, but doing so while you're driving may not let you get to your destination at all.
Don't Drive under the Influence
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a major cause of accidents and automobile related deaths. An easy way to prevent this is to not drive while you are under the influence. If you have to drink, then find another way to get home. Have a sober friend drive you, take a taxi or spend the night where you are, but never get behind the wheel after you've been drinking.
Many of the accidents that occur are preventable, if people would just pay attention and abide by the laws of the road. By staying aware of your surroundings you can help to minimize the chances that you'll be involved in an accident, but if you choose to drink and drive or play with your cell phone while you're driving then you are setting yourself up to become a statistic.