Safety Tips for Driving

Safety Tips for Driving: safety is something that drivers should keep in mind at all times. Travelling on the road is one of the greatest and most uncontrollable risks drivers around the world face each day. After all, when you are driving a vehicle, you have a responsibility to do your part to keep the roadways safe for yourself, other drivers, passengers, and others who may be affected by traffic accidents.

 

 

 

Mobile phones
1. Mobile phones – In most parts of the world using a mobile phone while driving is now illegal. Mobile phones distract drivers, slowing down reaction times. More than two in five crashes are thought to be caused by driver distraction and using a mobile phone to talk at the wheel, increases the chance of causing an injury or fatality is four times as high.
– Do Not Text and Drive – It is never acceptable to send or read text messages when operating a motor vehicle.
– Do not call drivers at times when you know they will be driving
– If a driver needs to check in with you or make a call, he must be trained to park safely beforehand
Training
2. Training – It is estimated that up to 95% of crashes are down to driver error. Understanding the importance of safety and following simple steps can prevent small mistakes that could have catastrophic consequences.
Stay Alert
3. Stay Alert – Actively pay attention to your actions and those of the drivers around you when you are driving.
Avoid Assumptions
4. Avoid Assumptions – Don’t make the mistake of assuming that other drivers are going to do or what you think they should do.
Obey Speed Limits
5. Obey Speed Limits – When driving, it’s important to stick to the posted speed limit at all times. The restrictions placed on vehicle speed are not established arbitrarily. Rather, they are carefully selected to maximize safety for drivers and for individuals in the homes, businesses, and other organizations in the areas where roadways are located.
Never Drive Under the Influence
6. Never Drive Under the Influence – It’s essential to avoid operating a vehicle if you have been drinking alcohol, taking certain types of prescription or non-prescription drugs, or are otherwise impaired.
Fatigue
7. Fatigue – Fatigue is estimated to cause one in 10 fatal crashes each year, rising to one in five on motorways. Tired drivers kill many people on roads every year, although this figure is expected to be much higher as identifying cause in fatal accidents can be difficult. Schedule required rest breaks when travelling long distances.
Make Adjustments for Weather
8. Make Adjustments for Weather -When the weather is less than perfect, such as rainy, snowy, or foggy conditions, use extra precautions when driving and follow guidelines for staying safe in the particular situation you are facing. Take weather such as snow and heavy rain into consideration and plan alternative routes if necessary.
Black ice
9. Black ice is very dangerous, so it’s important to know what it is and how you should react. It is a thin coat of highly transparent ice, making it nearly impossible to see. Definitely it will lead to hazardous driving conditions. Never drive if you know that there is the possibility of black ice will form on road. If you already drive and find out that the black ice has formed on the road, keep your steering wheel straight. Do not brake, braking causes the vehicle to slide, especially if you brake too hard. Take your foot off the accelerator to reduce speed. It is best to let the car stop on its own if you have enough room in front of you. Drive slowly as far away from the road as possible, in a parking place, as you cannot control the other cars that slide on the road.
Be Predictable
10. Be Predictable – Don’t make sudden stops or lane changes. Instead, take care to ensure that other drivers are likely to be able to predict your actions to maximize safety
Proper Vehicle Maintenance
11. Proper Vehicle Maintenance – Vehicle maintenance is incredibly important in keeping your passengers safe and even a small fault could costs lives. Take care to ensure that your automobile stays in good working condition. This includes keeping fluids topped off, performing schedule engine maintenance, making certain tires have plenty of air, and ensuring that the vehicle’s exterior lights are functional at all times.
Use Turn Signals
12. Use Turn Signals – While you can’t depend on others always signaling their intentions when driving, you can certainly control whether or not they have realistic expectations for your actions. Always use your turn signals in advance of making a lane change or turning.
Buckle Up
13. Buckle Up – Wearing your seat belt is an essential safety tip for drivers. Not only are you more likely to get injured in an accident if you aren’t wearing a seat belt, you can also be fined for failing to do so. Seat belts, head restraints and airbags must be correctly fitted and in working order. Procedures should be put in place for reporting defects and any repairs carried out quickly.
Follow Traffic Signals
14. Follow Traffic Signals – Pay close attention to and obey stop signs and traffic lights. Respect Yellow Lights – Remember that the intent of a yellow light is to notify drivers to slow down and prepare to stop. A yellow traffic signal should not be viewed as a sign to step on the gas to rush through an intersection before the light turns red.
Come to a Complete Stop
15. Come to a Complete Stop – When you see a stop sign or a red light, it’s important to bring your vehicle to a complete stop, even if you think no other vehicles are coming.
Yield Right of Way
17. Yield Right of Way – When other drivers has the right of way, be sure to yield to them. Also, don’t make the mistake of assuming that everyone else will yield to you when they should. Regardless of who has the right to go, yield if it seems that the other driver may not be observing standard practices for yielding.
Driving routes
18. Driving routes – Driving routes are perhaps one of the hardest factors to control particularly if work routes are irregular. Ensure you plan the safest driving routes and avoid any roads known to be dangerous where possible.
Know Where You Are Going
19. Know Where You Are Going – Plan your travel route ahead of time so that you aren’t struggling to figure out where to go while you are operating a motorized vehicle.
Avoid Distractions
20. Avoid Distractions – Sending text messages isn’t the only dangerous distraction that drivers need to avoid while operating a vehicle. Changing CDs, using cell phones, eating, and interacting with passengers are just a few examples of the types of distractions that you should take care to avoid when driving.
Use Headlights When Needed
21.Use Headlights When Needed – Headlights aren’t just necessary at night. When you are driving in the rain or fog, turning on your headlights can play an important role in keeping you – and those around you – safe on the road
Respect Stopped Vehicles
22. Respect Stopped Vehicles – When passing vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road, move over to get out of the way if the way is clear for you to change lanes. If changing lanes is not possible, slow down while passing stopped vehicles.
Consider overnight stays
24. onsider overnight stays for drivers who have traveled long distances. Avoid times where sleep related incidents are most likely (1am-6am and 2pm-4pm)
Eyesight
24. Eyesight – With an high number casualties a year caused by poor vision, eye checks are incredibly important. Eyesight can deteriorate quickly and without notice so getting regular checks allows drivers to monitor their eyesight and get corrective glasses or contact to wear while driving. Encourage regular eye tests as part of your health and safety policy.
Share the Road
25. Share the Road – Remember that you are not the only driver on the road. An important safety trip that everyone needs to follow is the need to share the road with others graciously, recognizing that all drivers deserve to be treated with respect.
Legislation
26. Legislation – Health and Safety legislation around the world requires drivers to take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of passengers and others who may be affected by their driving activities.
Responsibility
27. Responsibility – While road risk can be unpredictable and at times uncontrollable, an driver has the responsibility to take all possible steps to reduce risk and do everything reasonable practicable to protect their passengers and others who may be affected by traffic accidents.

 

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