Some mistakes are costly. Very costly.
Road accidents rank high on that list. Lives have been shattered, limbs have been maimed, and lives have been lost as a result of car accidents. Chances are you have experienced a road accident yourself or you have family and friends who have been casualties.
Such experiences are harrowing and no one deserves to be in any road accident of any kind. Sadly, a large chunk of road accidents is avoidable.According to the WHO, about 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year. Apart form that, up to 50 million are injured or disabled.
Clearly, with the spate of road accidents, it is important to take steps to ensure you don’t end up being a statistic.
Here are four things you should do in order to prevent road accidents.
Distractions are very common among road users. Most drivers are distracted by calls and text messages they receive. It is a bad idea to drive when you’re depressed or just downcast from bad news. Your mind may lull into sleep or drift away from events on the road you are plying. Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
If you are not focused on your driving, you are much more likely to get into an accident because you will not be ready for anything that may happen on the road. Eating/taking drinks such as coffee can be a distraction if not well-managed.
Always keep your hands on the wheel. Make an effort to avoid road rage and ignore aggressive and other drivers who would try to distract you.
Your car breaking down or malfunctioning in the middle of the road is a recipe for disaster. Having your car undergo regular checkups is a critical step in ensuring road safety. Constantly monitor tires, brakes, lights, mirrors, engines, etc. This will help ensure your vehicle is in a good working condition.
Wearing seat belts is a sure-fire way of minimizing the effects of a road accident. While seat belts seem cumbersome and disorienting, it is the best way to safeguard you and the occupants of your car from fatal impact should a road accident occur. Obey speed limits and all road safety and traffic rules.
As much as possible, avoid driving during the night. If you’re driving at dusk, dawn, or during rainy seasons, keep your car’s lights on. This will help ensure you see clearly.
If You Drink, Don’t Drive
As simple as this road safety tip sounds, many road users are guilty of drunk driving. About 29% of all road accidents involve a drunk driver. Drinking impairs your mental and motor skills thus making you unfit to make good decisions.
Aside from being fined or experiencing jail time for drunk driving accidents, you can lose your life or cause others to lose theirs. Sometimes, you may not even realize you are drunk or whether you have taken in beyond an acceptable level. Using a Breathalyzer will help ensure that you are never caught off-guard.
In a Sum
If you’ve had a family or friend being the casualty of a road accident, you know how harrowing such occurrences can be. Avoiding distractions, taking precautions, and ensuring you never drive drunk will help make sure you stay safe at all times.