Vehicles are amazing machines. They provide freedom and comfortable transport. Every day, people die in road collisions. The majority of road crashes are caused by human error. Many die as a consequence of inexperience, speeding intoxication through drink or drugs or just plain recklessness. The probability of accidents can be reduced by controlling the following indiscipline:
1. UNTRAINED DRIVING
New drivers should complete a basic rider course or advanced tuition at race tracks. It can be cheaper than you fear. Safety gear doesn’t just help prevent injury in a crash, but can make riding more comfortable, put you in better control of your vehicle and help you be seen by other drivers.
SPEED is the single biggest factor contributing to road deaths in India. Excess and inappropriate speed is responsible for a high proportion of the mortality and morbidity that result from road crashes.
3. BUZZED DRIVING
The sobering reality of drunk driving is that it is obviously a dangerous behavior, yet too often drivers get behind the wheel with alcohol in their bloodstream, impairing judgment and slowing reaction time. Drink and driving is a deadly combination on the road.
This is probably one of the greatest offences. Some drivers are extremely impatient, some people do it without thinking, just following traffic they get a bit close, but then they back off as you accelerate way. Some drivers tailgate deliberately though and these are the ones that are the most dangerous.
5. DISTRACTED DRIVING
As the slogan says, hang up and drive. And whatever you do, don’t text. In many states, it is now illegal to drive and operate a hand-held phone, but in all states, it is a bad idea.
6. TRAFFIC VOILATIONS
Look both ways and be sure no one is trying to speed through a yellow light. Exercise caution when passing semis. Be especially careful when driving next to an 18-wheeler. If you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you.
7. RASH & NEGLIGENCE
Be aware of blind spots. Also, when at an intersection making a right-hand turn, look both directions at least twice before proceeding. Vehicles can appear almost out of nowhere very quickly, so exercise caution when pulling into a busy intersection.
Overtaking is an invitation to accident. In residential areas where the speed limit is already low, go even lower, at least 5 mph below the official speed limit. This will give you time to stop when a little ghost or X-Men character darts out into the street unexpectedly.
9. NO LANE DRIVING
Drive in your lane. Sometimes when you have to drive out of an alley or underground parking lot you can’t see whether pedestrians are ready to step out in front of you. Drive at a crawl and wait until you’re absolutely certain it’s safe for you to proceed.
10. UNROADWORTHY VEHICLES
When your vehicle is in good shape you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re less likely to have any breakdowns. Make sure your vehicle has proper insurance coverage and vehicular documents. Be mindful for petrol/diesel, oil, water, seat belt, brakes and air pressure.
Accidents do not happen, they are caused. No one owns the roads, so treat others with respect. Normal speed meets every need. Night doubles traffic troubles. Stop accidents before they stop you. Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent. Road safety is a state of mind; accident is an absence of mind. Your destination is reward for safe driving.