Road Safety – Take the first step
It was Ghandi who said that in order to change the world we have to change ourselves. Thus Road Safety depends on you, as a responsible driver.
Caring for your Vehicle
You are only as safe as the car you drive. Make sure you keep an eye on the basic maintenance of the car. The following three items are the most important functions that should be in working order in order to attribute to Road Safety:
Tyres: Blow-outs can happen any time. Ensure your tyres are in a decent state, check them regularly and make sure you know what the right tyre pressure is for your particular vehicle.
Wipers: Weather is unpredictable so ensure your wipers are working and the rubber strips are not perforated. If your vehicle stands in the sun often this may be the case. Replace them as soon as you’ve noticed some deterioration. Needless to say – it is important to have a clear view of the road.
Brakes: The state of your vehicle’s brakes is one of the most important aspects of Road Safety. When faulty, you are vulnerable in any given situation. Take it to the dealers as soon as you detect a problem.
Keeping your Distance
Are you on of those drivers who likes bumper-driving? Remember, no matter how sharp your reflexes are, the chances of stopping in time when the driver in front of you has to brake all of a sudden, is not a beneficial factor when it comes to Road Safety.
Keep your distance; at least the length of 3 cars between yourself and the person in front of you, especially traveling at high speeds
If you Snooze you Lose
Long distance travel statistically heightens road accidents, mostly due to fatigue. Driving from point A to B is all about the journey, isn’t it? Exploring the places of interest along your travel path broadens your horison, allows you to make new friends and adds fuel to an interesting topic of discussion during dinner dates. Making sure you are not travel fatigued – so stop often and enjoy the journey!
Sticking to these simple basic principles of Road Safety will greatly improve your changes of arriving alive.
The choice is yours.
This article originally posted on http://www.car-insurance-south-africa.co.za/ and reposted here with permission.