The latest reports indicate that every year, more than 1 million people die as a result of road accidents. More than 30 million suffer injuries and disabilities. People between the age of 18 and 44 are the ones who are most affected by road accidents. The following are the major causes of road accidents; driving under influence, use of drugs, lack of road signs, poor road conditions, bursting of the tires, poor visibility, over speeding and long driving hours. Despite penalizing those who break traffic rules heavily, the number of road accidents are still high. The increase in special roads have not effectively cut down the number of road accidents. Below are tips for safe driving.
Drivers should avoid driving while they are drunk. Driving, while one is drunk, is known as driving under alcohol influence. Alcohol slows down thinking and a driver becomes slow in responding to emergencies. A drunk driver will also take more risks as a result of poor thinking and distance miscalculation. Alcohol is the main cause of road accidents.
Correcting the position of the driving mirrors is another driving safety tip. The driving mirrors should be in good positions so as to improve the driver’s vision. Well positions side mirrors should only show the rear door handles. The driver should also correct the blind spot. A car which is in the blind spot cannot be seeing using the side mirrors. It is recommendable to view all the driving mirrors and over you should before you switch a lane.
Another driving safety tip is always having on your safety belt. Safety belts attach a person to the seat, therefore, preventing a person from being ejected out of his/her seat during an emergency or a collision. Safety belts can effectively reduce the number of deaths and injuries.
Distractions should be avoided while driving. The main distractions which lead to road accidents are; use of mobile phones, eating, drinking and adjusting the music system. Taking your eyes from the road even for a few seconds can lead to a fatal accident. Drivers should avoid all the obstacles to attention.
The tires should be in perfect conditions. Tire bursts lead to rolling of the vehicle which causes deaths and body injuries. Before the driver starts a journey, he/she is supposed to ensure tire pressure is enough.
The last tip of safety driving we shall discuss is maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead. If the car ahead reduces speed at once, the driver of the behind vehicle will be able to stop without hitting the vehicle in front.