Road Safety Tips
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TIPS FOR PREVENTION OF ROAD ACCIDENTS
- Don’t drink and drive
This is the number one rule, DON’T drink and drive.
A significant number of road accidents have been attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol.
This is because alcohol inhibits your ability to think clearly, which negatively impacts your ability to pay attention and make safe driving choices.
- Pull into traffic slowly
Stop, Look, Listen before pulling into traffic.
Be aware of blind spots, including those in rear view mirrors and behind windshield pillars or highway road signs.
- Caution at an Intersection
When making a right-hand turn at an intersection, look both directions at least twice before proceeding.
Vehicles can appear almost out of nowhere very quickly, so exercise caution when pulling into a busy intersection.
- Watch for red light runners
Count to three before entering an intersection on a green light.
Look at both ways and be sure no one is trying to speed through a yellow light.
Exercise caution when passing trailer trucks. Truck drivers have a large blind spot on their right-hand side, so be especially careful when driving next to an 18-wheeler.
If you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you.
- Keep at least one hand on the steering wheel.
Reduce in-car distractions such as changing radio stations or CDs,
cell phones, eating or momentarily taking a hand off the wheel. A gust of wind, pothole or a blown tire could send the vehicle into another lane and cause a serious accident.
- Watch for kids.
Children and animals have a habit of suddenly popping out from between parked cars and into roadways.
If you are driving in a residential neighborhood with kids present, watch carefully and slow down.
- Vehicle Maintenance
Perform engine maintenance regularly. Avoid sudden stalls or other vehicle failure by changing the oil regularly and keeping tires properly inflated.
Scan 12 seconds ahead. Always concentrate on the area where you will be driving in 10-12 seconds.
For highway driving, keep positioned far enough from other cars so if someone were to suddenly stop or swerve, you could avoid them.
- Follow speed limits
When you are driving too fast, you are really risking having accidents. For one thing, if you have to stop suddenly, chances are that you are not going to be able to.
- Follow the rules of the road
Just like speed limits, there are other rules of the road that you must follow if you want to avoid having accidents,
and getting in trouble with the law. If you are approaching a stop sign or a red light, start slowing down long before you get to it,
so that you are able to come to a complete stop at the stop line. Obey all traffic signs; they are there for a reason.
- Limit your night driving
The risk of a fatal crash is three times higher at night than in the day for every mile driven because of
reduced visibility. It’s better to avoid nighttime driving until you’re comfortable driving during the day.
- Don’t Drive Tired.
Avoid getting onto the wheels and driving when you are tired. Always ensure that you park at a safe place and take a rest.
You can continue your journey after you have had a rest.
- Ignore aggressive drivers
Avoid drivers who like speed and cut other drivers off. 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 to let them pass. Don’t play games and just make them angrier.
The quicker you can get them away from you, the safer you will be.
- Use your signals properly
It is important to use your signals even if you think that nobody is there. Always use the signal to ensure others know what you are going to do.