How To Prevent Road Accidents

How To Prevent Road Accidents

It’s no secret that car accidents and road fatalities are on the rise. In 2020 alone, 1106 people – three people a day – were killed on Australian roads. It’s now more important than ever that drivers know how to remain safe behind the wheel. Here are our helpful suggestions for what you can do to stay vigilant and avoid an accident.

Don’t Speed

Even with so much awareness and campaigning, speed is still the number one cause of road fatalities. Speeding puts you and anyone around you, both drivers and pedestrians, at risk. When you speed, it’s much harder to stop or control your vehicle. You’ll give yourself less time to respond to hazards or unexpected situations, and you’ll experience a higher impact if you do have a collision.

Put Your Phone Down

Using your phone while driving is an unsafe move that’s guaranteed to cost you demerit points and even a fine. You can use your phone if it’s mounted to a hands-free device that’s secured to your vehicle, but even then, you can only touch the screen if you’re receiving or ending a call.

Don’t Drive If Tired Or Intoxicated

Fatigue and intoxication are very common and entirely preventable causes of accidents. If you’re heading out on the road, only do so if you’ve had enough sleep and are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Break up long journeys to give yourself adequate rest.

Use Your Common Sense

Responsible, safe driving goes a long way in preventing accidents. Consider these tips:

  • Regularly servicing and maintaining your vehicle ensures any faults are detected before they become major problems.
  • When you set out on the road, never assume anything. Looking both ways at the lights might prevent you from colliding with another driver rushing through an amber signal. Driving cautiously around schools and residential areas will ensure you’re on the lookout for children and animals, who can run onto the road without looking.
  • Always keep an eye on your rear view when reversing. Reverse cameras or sensors are useful safety features, but they can be slow to respond.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and keep your hands on the wheel.
  • Tailgating is never a good idea because you could find yourself at fault in an accident if the car ahead suddenly stops.
  • Be attentive to road and weather conditions and adjust your speed, distance and lights accordingly.
  • Defensive driving courses are a great resource for new and experienced drivers alike. They cover risk management and driver attitude, as well as many useful elements of safe driving.

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