When we get in our cars to head off to work each morning, or to dinner or an event in the evening, we never think we’re going to be involved in a car accident.
And yet, most of us will be involved in at least one car accident in our driving lifetime. While some accidents are indeed unavoidable, most are caused by driver error – either you or the other driver involved in the crash!
So what can you do to reduce your chances of being involved in accident? Here’s my top five pieces of advice:
GET YOUR HAND OFF IT!
Mobile phones have become a huge issue when it comes to causing accidents. And it seems like we just don’t get the message (so to speak!).
Talking on the phone used to be a significant issue but these days it’s more about text messages or using social media – which is even worse! Please, get your hand off your phone while driving. Is a text message really worth losing your life for?
My suggestion is to put your phone in your glove box as a rule each time you plan to drive. This way you won’t want to touch it all the time, and you’ll still be able to use any Bluetooth features.
SERVICE YOUR CAR REGULARLY
While driver inattention causes so many accidents, a number of accidents are also caused by poorly maintained cars. If you have tyres in poor conditions or you haven’t attended to those squeaky brakes, you could be on the verge of disaster.
While car servicing can be a little annoying when it comes to time and cost, it could actually prove to be a real life saver.
KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING
In the old days, we used to look at street directories to know how to get to certain places. These days, it’s a lot easier with GPS units.
However, it’s really important that you at least have an overview of where you’re going if you are headed somewhere new. Constantly staring at your GPS while you should be concentrating on the road, especially in an unfamiliar area, is a recipe for disaster.
FOLLOW THE SPEED LIMIT
It’s tempting to drive 5 or 10kms an hour over the limit and think that there won’t be an incident. But the truth is that speed limits are there for a reason – to ensure the safety of you and other drivers.
Would you rather be late or not arrive at all? Stick to the speed limit to matter how competent you think you are as a driver.
DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING
Heading through a green light? Take a quick look to your left and right as you approach the intersection just to make sure there’s not another driver doing the wrong thing.
So many accidents are caused because one driver assumed incorrectly what another driver was planning to do.
Being prepared for the unexpected is a key part of driving.
If you are involved in an accident, make sure you talk to us here at KSR. We’ll help guide you through the process involved in getting your car repaired.