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Main causes of collisions
- Drunk Driving;
- Reckless Driving;
- Weather Conditions;
- Tires and Brakes; and
- Running through orange/red lights;
- Not stopping at stop signs;
- Driving at night;
- Animal crossings;
- Mechanical failures;
- Improper turns;
- Unsafe lane changes – USE YOUR INDICATORS;
- Tailgating – driving too close to the vehicle in front of you, especially if the road/weather conditions are bad;
- New drivers;
- Elderly drivers; and
- Loose objects in your vehicle.
What can you do to help prevent accidents?
- Follow basic driving rules like use of indicators, stopping etc.
- Keep music/radio down and look before backing out to make sure there are no other vehicles or pedestrians close or behind your vehicle;
- Keep left, if there is a second lane in the same direction, use the second for passing slower vehicles;
- Do not cross an intersection if you cannot be out of it before the traffic light changes;
- Do not turn into the lane just before the turn you want to make – it causes accidents and blocks a lot of traffic because you were careless;
- Use your indicator, even if you need to pass a parked vehicle;
- Don’t tailgate, always leave enough space after the car before you – extra space if the speed is higher or road/weather conditions are bad;
- Try to match the speed of other drivers – if almost all other vehicles are driving 80km p/h (and it is the legal limit for that stretch of road) and you are driving 60km p/h then you are the dangerous driver;
- If you are having any trouble with eyesight while driving – consult an optometrist as soon as possible;
- Try to avoid making U-turns as much as possible, especially when traffic is busy. If you do make U-turns, make them as smoothly as possible in as few as possible turns;
- Do not put any objects under the driver seat – it can dislodge or move much easier than one may think, it’s not a risk worth taking;
- Make sure to regularly check your tire pressure as well as the condition of your tires;
- Make sure to turn your lights on as it gets darker or you can keep them on at times for extra visibility;
- If another vehicle is trying to pass you and you can let them by moving into the yellow lane, then do so. It reduces your risk of accidents as well as eases the tension of the traffic;
- Do not speed from one light to the next to try and catch it, your chances are very small, and you increase the risk of causing accidents;
- Lastly be courteous to other drivers, we all need to get to where we are going and will get there. Don’t drive terrible because you are rushed.
Please drive cautiously and respect all other vehicles on the road. Feel free to read our previous blog for more information on vehicle accidents and what to do.
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