The best way to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident is to practice safe driving. Whether you’re just learning to drive or you’ve been behind the wheel for a number of years, it’s important to review the basic rules for safe driving. Here are some top tips that will help you to stay safe on the road.
According to research, working a mobile phone behind the wheel can delay reaction times by as much as 20 percent. And it isn’t just mobile phones that can act as distractions; eating, applying make-up, fiddling with electronic devices or interacting with passengers also diverts a driver’s attention in potentially dangerous ways. It’s vital to always keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel when driving.
Research has shown that for every mile per hour you drive, the likelihood of you being in an accident increases by four to five percent. At higher speeds, the risk increases much more quickly. When in a hurry and you find yourself going over the speed limit, remember that you are increasing the likelihood of you being involved in a crash– whether you cause that crash yourself or cause someone else to crash. In reality, the time you’ll save is inconsequential compared to the risks associated with speeding. Take your time and stay within the speed limits. And of course, it is very simple to avoid rushing–leave on time or better yet, earlier!
Be Extra Careful in Bad Weather
If you’re driving in hazardous conditions, for example, during heavy periods of rain or on icy roads, it is important to be extra cautious on the road. Drive below the speed limit if necessary, maintain extra space between you and the car ahead, and be careful when driving around curves.
Keep Your Vehicle Safe
Vehicle maintenance isn’t just an important way to extend your car’s life — it’s a major safety issue. Of course, the NCT helps to ensure that cars on the road are safe, however, it is up to you to ensure your vehicle stays this way even after passing your NCT.One of the most common maintenance problems that can lead to an accident is improper tire pressure. Uneven tire pressure, or pressure that is too high or low, can impact performance or lead to a blowout. Be aware that you can buy a cheap pressure gauge at any auto shop and check the pressure against the recommendation in your owner’s manual.
Finally, remember that getting an experienced driving instructor to show you the ropes from day one can also help to ensure safe driving.They will make sure that you adopt safe driving techniques that will stay with you for life.