If somebody asked you if you were a good driver, what would you say? Most of us rate our driving skills highly, but this doesn’t correlate with road accident data. Over 90% of car crashes are caused by human error. While some accidents occur as a result of genuine mistakes, many are associated with taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel. Here are some of the most common causes of collisions, and some tips to help you swerve trouble on the roads.
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If you enjoy driving, you probably have an urge to put your foot on the gas and let loose when there’s nobody else around, and you have an open road ahead of you. The trouble is that the landscape can change in a flash when you’re driving. You may think that you’ve got the highway to yourself, but that could soon change and you may find yourself surrounded by other vehicles or slamming the brakes on to avoid a pedestrian or an animal. There may also be hidden dangers, for example, an uneven road surface. Speed restrictions are there to lower the risk of accidents, and as a driver, you have a legal obligation to pay them due care and attention. If the sign says 70, don’t drive along at 90. If you’re involved in an accident, and you were driving too fast, the risk of serious injuries will be higher, and you run the risk of being charged with dangerous driving.
It is estimated that around 28% of fatal crashes in the USA occur as a result of drink driving. When you have an alcoholic drink, you may feel fine, but this doesn’t mean that it’s safe for you to drive. Drinking increases reaction times, but it can also affect your coordination and your judgment. When you’ve had a drink, you may also feel more confident, and this could mean that you take risks you would never even consider if you were sober. When you get behind the wheel of the car, you have a responsibility to protect yourself and others. Don’t drink and drive. If you’re involved in an accident and you’ve been injured by a driver who was intoxicated, seek advice at www.wmlawyers.com. If you were the driver in the wrong, you may find that the other party will pursue legal action. If you do plan to drink, arrange a lift home, use public transport or book a cab. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Have you ever got behind the wheel when you felt like you were going to fall asleep at any minute? If so, you’re lucky to be here to tell the tale. Tiredness is one of the most common causes of careless driving. When you’re tired, it’s hard to focus, you can’t react as quickly as normal, and there’s a risk your eyes could actually close while you’re driving. If you’re sleepy, don’t drive. Take a nap and postpone your journey. If you’re already on the road, pull over in a safe place, stretch your legs, have a coffee, and get some fresh air. For more useful tips, check out this article https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/sleep-news/how-stay-awake-the-road-tips-combat-drowsy-driving.
The vast majority of road accidents are caused by driver errors. Next time you head out in the car, think about whether you could take fewer risks.
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