With the increasing number of drivers and vehicles on the roads, it is inevitable that the number of risks on the road will increase too.
Even if you adhere to the rules of the road “to the tee,” you just never know if someone else who is a drunk or a distracted driver will come speeding down the same road as you.
Road users are constantly exposed to the possibility of being involved in an accident and although it can happen to anyone and at any time, there are ways in which you can try to avoid it.
These six safety tips should be common sense – but everyone needs a reminder once in a while:
- Don’t drink and drive!
Despite hearing it enough times to not forget it, many drivers still do it. Driving under the influence of alcohol not only poses a risk to you, but to other road users as well. It is thus important that you remain sober and focused when behind the wheel – simply, don’t drink and drive! If you’ve had a bit too much to drink and you’ve arrived with your car earlier that day, try using a “take me home” service like Good Fellas or MiWay’s WeDrive.
- Stick to the speed limit.
Speed limits are enforced for a reason; they are put in place to protect all road users. Sticking to the speed limit will ensure that you have ample time to react to potential hazards and thus increase your chances of avoiding a collision.
- Maintain a safe following distance.
Tailgating is extremely dangerous because it diminishes your chance of stopping in time to avoid a collision, especially at high speed. Even when in a hurry, don’t rush – consider the safety of other road users and rather arrive alive.
- Don’t use your mobile devices.
As handy and convenient as these devices can be, the usage of them should be avoided at all times if you’re driving. If a driver is using a mobile device, they will be distracted from identifying dangerous situations and reacting with enough time to avoid a collision.
- Don’t get mad!
Road rage is a real threat. Stay calm and avoid reacting to raging drivers to not further aggravate the situation.
- Take the scenic route.
Try to find an alternative route in areas where construction is taking place. This will help you avoid traffic and keep you safe from any construction debris that could double-up as road hazards that may harm you or your vehicle.
It goes without saying that staying alert while driving can save you from a lot of frustrations, both physically and financially – it can even save your life. However, should you not be able to avoid a collision, we hope that you have comprehensive car insurance to help alleviate the financial burden.