Motor vehicle accidents
can be devastating, and the enormous costs involved in terms of human trauma cannot be calculated, nor can the environmental impact. Even minor traffic accidents to the vehicle(s) can be costly
to drivers, passengers, other road users, the infrastructure and the environment.
Part of an accident cost to consider, is the indirect effects
of a collision: the increased stop-and-go traffic due to an accident not only significantly reduces the fuel efficiency
of vehicles, but it also increases their overall emissions.
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Remember these few tips every time you get into your vehicle.
1 – Make sure you are in a comfortable position while driving
Ensuring good control of your vehicle begins by assuming the best possible seated position, so that you can comfortably reach the steering wheel and pedals. Adjust the mirrors to ensure optimum visibility of the road behind you. The adopted seated position should assist the driver to make the quickest and most coordinated response in the event of an emergency.
2 – Do not jump traffic lights, and try to start your journey in good time
Are you ever tempted to jump a traffic light when you are in a hurry? Other people may be too, so be on the lookout for them.
3 – Check the necessary servicing to your vehicle
Vehicles can cause an accident in a number of ways. To avoid these unexpected situations, always have your vehicle maintained on a regular basis.
4 – Learn where your vehicle’s blind spots are
Every vehicle has at least one blind spot. These are minor flaws in a vehicle construction that block your vision for one reason or another. Blind spots are why you should always turn your head to make sure a lane is clear before manoeuvring. Check them each and every time you change lanes or execute a turn.
5 – Make sure you are familiar with your vehicle
Many accidents happen simply because a driver pushed their vehicle beyond the limits of what it was capable of. Know how fast you can safely manoeuver your vehicle, as well as its emergency stopping capability.
6 – Maintain the necessary distance
Following too closely to any vehicle does not give you enough time to execute an emergency manoeuvre. It is recommended that you maintain at least a 3-second lag between you and the vehicle in front at all times (5-seconds during bad weather).
7 – Make sure you pay attention when driving at night
Night-time driving is particularly hazardous for a number of reasons other than the obvious lack of visibility; this is the time when drivers feel the most fatigue, and you will have a greater chance of encountering a drunk driver.
8 – Be especially careful in bad weather
Poor weather conditions involving ice, snow, fog, and rain are hazardous no matter what type of vehicle, or how good a driver you are.
9 – Respect speed limits
The simple fact is that greater speed reduces your reaction time and increases the likelihood of an accident.
10 – Pay attention to the road generally
Always be aware that children, pets, joggers, and bikers can appear at any moment.