5 Tips to Help You Arrive at Your Destination Safe and Sound
Our roads have been improving all the time. Governments, local authorities and other organizations have been working hard to raise road safety awareness through campaigns, road signs and advertisements. In addition, automobile manufacturers are now building much safer and smarter automobiles.
However, these improvements cannot eliminate the main cause of accidents; human error. We can reduce the accidents and related loss of life and injuries as well as financial losses by following essential safety guidelines. Here are some of them.
- Never Drive Drunk
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, in 2012, 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 51 minutes – and 290,000 were injured. Hopefully you can imagine the risks involved if you get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or substances. Alcohol reduces muscle coordination, reduces reaction time, impairs judgment, causes double or blurred vision, and may lead to loss of consciousness. If you’ve had too much to drink, get a cab or ask a friend for a ride. It is even better to live the car home if you are planning on drinking.
- Don’t Drive while Sleepy
Several researches indicate driving while sleepy as among the leading causes of car accidents. If you drive while drowsy, you stand the risk of running into utility poles, barriers, and trees, not to mention other vehicles on the road. Get a better night’s sleep to ensure that you are well rested and fully alert when you are behind the wheel. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation you should seek medical help to find a solution.
- Avoid Getting Distracted
There are a few ways you can get distracted while driving. One of the most dangerous ones is texting while driving and it is illegal in most state in the USA. Driving and texting at the same time will lead to disaster sooner or later. Using a cell phone while driving reduces your reaction time drastically. Other distractions that impede safe journeys include fiddling with electronic devices, getting into arguments with passengers, applying makeup and eating.
- Wear your seat belt
Properly worn seat belts save lives there is no doubt about it. If you are not wearing a seat belt there is a high chance that you will be thrown out of the vehicle or crash onto the steering wheel. You can imagine the injuries you may sustain or possible horrific death. Keep this image in your head to make sure that you and your passengers always buck up. You have a better chance of surviving accidents if you are wearing your seat belt. Even in relatively low-speed accidents, seat belt can prevent broken bones and head injuries. Buckling up is so simple but one of the most effective solutions for your safety.
- Keep your Distance
You should always maintain a good distance from the car in front. You are not in a race with other automobiles around you. Driving too close will lead to easily avoidable crashes. Also, you will be overly concerned with the vehicle in front and it will block your view that you cannot see the dangers far ahead. You should further increase your distance when it is raining or roads are icy.