March 5, 2021
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How You Can Avoid Car Accidents in the Physical Space
Posted by Ambassador T. Brikins
Though the statistics on car accidents earlier presented in the first part of this post is scary, reports show that over 90% of automobile accidents can be avoided. Therefore, accidents can be prevented or the stats considerably reduced and lives and injuries from car accidents mitigated. My study show that there are recurrent trends which we can leverage on to prevent road car accidents. I have compiled 37 actions that you can exercise to avoid or minimize car accidents.
1. Think safety all the time
2. Have the right attitude about driving. Attitude is much more useful than skill, experience and confidence.
3. Receive enough driving practice with an authorized trainer.
4. Study the driving and vehicular laws, regulations, etc, and understand them.
5. Make it your lifestyle to wear your safety belt whenever you are in a car, whether as a driver or a passenger.
6. Avoid taking any form of chemicals or substance like alcohol, drugs, marijuana, etc. These cause reactions in the brain, impair judgment and slow reaction time.
7. Allow only the approved number of passengers for the car.
8. Drive mostly in the day. The risk of crash is three times higher at night time due to reduced vision
9. Be cautious if you must drive at night as many more people are likely to drive under influence at night.
10. If you do have to drive in bad weather or at night, ensure your lights (including fog lights) work properly.
11. Make sure your heating system is in full working order too, demist your windscreen in inclement weather condition
12. Better yet, avoid poor weather conditions especially rainy, snowy or icy conditions
13. If you must use the cell phone pull safely over to the right side of the road.
14. Avoid faulty cars.
15. Avoid any form of distraction when driving.
16. Focus on the driving alone and do not multitask
17. Be conscious of blind spots & adjust your mirrors to see all areas.
18. Make sure all tyres are fit for all weathers. The tires should have the correct PSI for your vehicle and the hubcaps and bolts are secure before driving. .
19. Maintain scheduled maintenance religiously
20. Engage in defensive driving as other drivers might not be keeping the rules
21. Avoid driving when you are tired; it decreases your alertness. In 2018, fatigue caused 62 fatal road collisions in the UK and more than 1,500 road traffic accidents. Factor in bad weather, freezing conditions and traffic volume to every journey and always err on the side of caution by sticking to speed limits on every road.
22. Change lanes cautiously seconds ahead using the right indicators.
23. Avoid the Fast lane if you are not driving fast
24. Avoid driving when you are emotionally disturbed
25. Drive within the approved speed limit
26. If you drink , don’t drive and if you drive don’t drink
27. Obey red lights, Stop Signs and other road signs especially bends, sharp curves, animal crossing signs, etc.
28. Avoid tail gating allowing for one car length behind a car for minimum of 10mph. Maintain at least 3 seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you, and longer if you’re in a heavier vehicle. Extend the timing when weather conditions are bad.
29. Drive easy and slow on ice and snow
30. Be watchful of potholes and slow down
31. Switch on your car’s lights driving at dusk or dawn
32. Drive with your hands in the 9 and 3 o’clock position. Use both hands and keep one at the 9 o’clock position and the other at the 3 o’clock position. This allows for optimal control over the vehicle.
33. When driving at speed exceeding 100 mph, move up your seat close enough so your wrist can comfortably rest on top of the steering wheel. This makes it easier to control your car. .
34. Keep your windshield from damage by rocks and stones thrown up in the air by moving vehicles by keeping safe distance from cars and trucks
35. Don’t drive behind snow plow when they are dropping salt or other substance. Some pieces may be big enough to cause chips and cracks
36. Be cautious and avoid crashes at intersections as the light turns from green to yellow. Look out for traffic dodgers
37. Keep an eye on children. Young children haven’t the road safety maturity as older kids, so when you’re driving in a built-up area or close to schools, always pay full attention to your surroundings.