On the average, people drive more safely now than they did a few decades ago. This is due, in great part, to the efforts of the government and other institutions to spread awareness about safe driving. There have been numerous public service campaigns over the years emphasizing the importance of road safety.
Despite the fact that most people drive safely now, accidents still happen and the sad part is that most of these accidents could have been prevented. Some of them are totally preventable if only the people who caused took proper precautions when it comes to safe driving. In order to help you out, here are some stuff that you can keep in mind in order to stay free from accidents while on the road:
Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive when drunk.- This might sound too basic to be listed here, but the fact remains that driving under the influence is the single most common cause of traffic accidents. Despite the fact that people know it’s wrong to do so, they still do it.
It does not matter if you have only consumed a small amount of drink. The fact remains, that alcohol in the blood can slow down your reaction time and motor coordination even in very small amounts.
Do not over speed. – This is another common knowledge that some people choose to forget once they are behind the wheel. The adrenaline rush of speeding in your car might just be too tempting but you should keep in mind the danger that you are exposing yourself and others to by doing it.
The faster that your vehicle goes the lesser chance that you can control it when something goes wrong. Then there is the fact that you can suffer more damage with the higher velocity of the vehicle.
Don’t distract yourself. – Driving is a task that needs your full attention. You should keep your eyes on the road and your hands free to react to whatever it is that might happen.
The problem is that people are constantly doing other things when they are driving. The most common mistake is to use their cell phones when on the road by either calling or texting. Using devices that frees your hands is not recommended as well, since it can still divide your attention.
Don’t drive when you’re sleepy. – Don’t drive when you are sleepy. Sleep is a natural need by the body and no matter how hard you fight its onset, you can’t win.
It is better for you to take a quick nap for fifteen minutes if you really have to drive to remove the drowsiness. The best practice however is to get a full rest first.
Wear seat-belts all the time. – You should wear your seatbelts all the time when you are inside your vehicle and there is no excuse for that. When worn properly, seatbelts can save your life just in case you get thrown around during a collision.
These are just a few tips that you can keep in mind when you are driving to stay safe.