The number of cars and other vehicles on the roads keep increasing, and so does the number of road accidents. While unfortunate, it remains true that an alarming number of accidents occur each day around the world. Another regrettable fact is that regardless of how careful you are while driving, you can never truly and completely eliminate the risk of accidents. Another driver might crash into you, leaving you helpless, and accidents tend to occur even in parking lots.
Even though there is no way to make certain that they do not occur at all, you can employ certain measures to mitigate the risks, and contribute towards minimizing the number of road accidents.
The Laws of Traffic
Every country around the globe has a certain set of traffic laws, even if they vary from country to country. These laws have been put in place to ensure your, the driver’s, safety and of those who travel with you. The most effective way to prevent road accidents before they happen is to obey traffic laws to the letter. Others might violate them and make you unwitting participants in an accident, but obeying the law grants a measure of safety for you and your family.
The Care of Vehicles
Regardless of the type of vehicle you use to travel around, whether it is a car, motorcycle, truck, or bicycle, you should always make sure that it is in proper working condition. The maintenance of your mode of transportation is an essential way to prevent road accidents before they happen. The following factors should always be inspected before you get on the road:
- The windscreen and the windows should be clean to ensure complete visibility.
- The brakes should be well adjusted to be able work effectively in emergencies.
- The tyres should be properly inflated to provide the necessary road grip.
- All the lights should be working to provide visibility to you and to others on the road.
- The windscreen wiper blades should work properly, and not leave any streaks on the glass.
The Influence of Substances
A considerable number of accidents occur because the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drugs and alcohol severely inhibit a person’s reaction time and reflexes. This leads to poor judgment and slower reaction times when driving. If you must abuse these substances, try to ensure that you do not cause any road accidents by driving under their influence.
The Distractions of Driving
Always ensure that you do not carry any distractions into the vehicle with you. Ignore your mobile phone at all costs and if you do not like the music, it is better to turn it off than to constantly fiddle with the system. The biggest distraction of all is the desire to sleep, and thoughts of the warm bed at home. You should always make sure that you are not too sleepy or tired to drive.
It is nigh impossible to guarantee that you will never be in a road accident, yet the precautions listed above can help reduce the risk. If you are involved in one despite all the cautionary measures, get in touch with Accident Advice helpline for advice on how to deal with the aftermath.
Date Published: October 6, 2013
Author: David Brown