How To Stay Safe On The Road
While the UK’s roads are some of the safest in the world, there are still some frightening statistics when it comes to road traffic accidents. In February 2017, a new set of statistics reported by the Department of Transport demonstrated that vehicle traffic levels had increased by 1.4%. What’s more, in 2016, there were over 182,560 casualties, so an increase is to be expected.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common causes of road accidents, and the best ways to avoid them.
As you might have suspected, speeding is one of the key causes of vehicle collisions throughout the UK. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) The quicker you’re travelling, you will have a longer braking distance and a shorter time to react, and 2) if you’re not paying attention to how quickly you’re travelling, there’s a good chance you won’t be paying attention to other road users, either.
Adopting simple techniques such as sticking to third gear in a thirty zone can help you keep your speed in check, even turning your music down can help.
While the number of campaigns across the UK has certainly had a positive impact on the problem in general, drink driving still causes over a tenth of the road fatalities each year. What’s more, you will be facing fines of up to £5000.
How to avoid this? Simple: don’t drink drive.
Driving in dangerous weather conditions such as ice and fog is extremely dangerous but, unfortunately, many of us don’t have a choice. On top of this, if you’re speeding and your tyres are worn down, it’s simply an accident waiting to happen.
There are some simples measures you can take to optimise road safety during winter, one of which is investing in some winter tyres. You should swap in winter tyres on your vehicle when the temperature drops consistently below 7 degrees Celsius, ensuring that you can retain traction despite the conditions. Secondly, it’s important to make sure your car is in top condition. Take your vehicle into your local garage for a health check every month or so.
According to certain studies, 20% of vehicle collisions are related to sleep and fatigue. So, if you ever feel drowsy on a particularly long stretch of the motorway, make sure that you take a break at a service station. Have a coffee, recharge, then get back on your way.
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