Top Five Safe Driving Guidelines
The cars of today are safer than ever, this is thanks to decades of research and study of accident situations. Even cheap cars nowadays have features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), crumple zones, and airbags fitted to protect the driver and passengers. Companies like Google and Volvo have also developed cars that can drive themselves and it will not be long before we see this technology on the roads. However safe your car maybe it is still up to you to drive responsibly, here are five guidelines to protect you and your car whilst driving.
The first guideline may be the most obvious, but speeding is often overlooked and it is the cause of over 35% of all accidents. Often speeding will only save you a few minutes and the risks are not worth it. The majority of cars on the roads were not designed to be driven at high speeds. The best advice is to plan your trips and leave early.
Driving for long periods, especially when you go on holiday, can make you drowsy which is extremely dangerous. A drowsy driver has similarly impaired judgment that rivals a drunk driver. If you start to feel tired either stop somewhere and rest or use caffeine or other medical products that help you stay awake.
Drinking and driving is another guideline to avoid if you want to stay safe. A third of all accident fatalities in the USA and Europe involve drunk drivers. Even at low blood-alcohol levels, drunkenness reduces reaction time and coordination and can make you feel invincible, which can cause drivers to make foolish choices. Nowadays there are many public transport and courtesy driving options which you can use if you feel that you are over the limit.
A large percentage of road accidents are caused by disruptions on the roads and these should be easily ignored. Everyone would have experienced how traffic builds up when people slow down to look at an accident that occurred on the other side of the road, this can create further accidents as people are not concentrating on the road. Texting and talking on your cell phone whilst driving is becoming a huge problem around the world as it distracts your concentration from the road. Rather leave your phone on silent when driving and reply to messages later.
Safe following distance
The final tip is to keep a safe following distance when driving behind a truck or any other vehicle. If you can clearly read the license plate of the vehicle in front of you then you are too close to the vehicle. There are two dangers here, you cannot see in front of the vehicle to see what is happening ahead and your reaction time is diminished if the vehicle
Brakes or slows down.
Driving is the most dangerous form of transportation and should never be taken lightly. Often accidents happen within 5 km of your destination and not only on long trips. If you need more information, most car insurance companies will have guidelines on their websites on safe driving advice. Be safe and obey the rules of the road.