Road safety is of uppermost importance for anyone who is using the highway system, there are more vehicles on the road than ever before and as such, the number of accidents is rising year on year. Thankfully, due to continuously improving laws around car design, the damage done by the accidents is becoming less but that is not to say that you shouldn’t be doing your bit by staying as safe as possible on the road. Before we go into how you can stay safe on the road, here are some interesting statistics which came out of some research which was done by lawyers Slater & Gordon.
44% of drivers carry out safety checks (such as oil, tyre pressure and brake light checks) at least once a month
20% of people said they would carry out safety checks on a car before beginning a journey regardless of whether they were the driver
39% of respondents put the personal health of the driver as the most important safety element
83% of people believe that the safety of the passengers is the driver’s responsibility
As we can see from the stats, just 44% of drivers carry on safety checks on their vehicles once per month. This is a worrying statistic as many of the accidents that take place on the road are the result of a simple problem such as a brake light not working or braking issues caused from low tyre pressure. Make sure that you are in the 44% of people who are checking your car each month in order to stay safe on the road or the 20% of people who carry out checks before a journey, regardless of whether you’re driving or not.
Altering Driving Style
Many people fail to alter their driving style when the weather changes and this can often result in many an accident. If there is rain, high winds, snow or ice, it is vitally important that you change your driving style to match with the conditions, slower driving, braking earlier and indicating sooner are all ways in which you can stay safe on the road when the weather changes. Remember that if the weather is not good, and you don’t need to make the journey, you are far better off avoiding it altogether.
While driving, it is important that the road is the most important thing in your mind. Some people may find that listening to music can be relaxing and there is nothing wrong with this as long as the music is not playing at a high level. Equally you should ensure that you don’t have distractions like mobile phones and if you are going to use a Sat Nav, slow down or stop when consulting it. Remember that your role as the driver is to keep everyone in the car safe and secure, in order to best do that, you must stay focussed on the job in hand.
Make sure that you don’t risk the lives of others either in your car or on the road and stay safe when driving.