Driving safely

We drive much safer cars on safer roads. As a result they logged the lowest accident rate ever in 2014. Despite in this progress, the number of car accidents and fatalities nationwide is still staggering. In 2014, there were 6 million car accidents, leading to 37,00 deaths. What’s more, driving accidents are the leading cause of death of people between three and 34. Improvements in technology will continu to help bring the death numbers down. But the bottom line remains that most driving and car accidents are the result of human failure. The best way to reduce the risk of being involved in car accidents is to practise safe driving behaviours. The best way learning to drive safely is to review some important basic rules for driving safely.

More than 30% of all car accidents are fatalities involving drivers impaired by alcohol. These accidents led to more than 11.733 deaths. Most of those deaths could’ve been avoided. Alcohol causes a number of impairments that lead to many car accidents. Even at low blood alcohol levels, intoxication reduces coordination, lower inhibitions and reduces reaction time. Which can cause drivers to make foolish and stupid choices behind the wheel. At higher levels of alcohol it causes double or blurred vision and even loss of consciousness. Drink driving isn’t just a terrible idea. It’s a crime. It’s easy to avoid driving drunk. If you’ve been drinking ask a sober friend for a ride or call a cab. If you’re planning to drink, make sure you have a designated driver or take a cab. The mild inconvenience of taking a cab home is nothing compared to de consequences of driving drunk.

Speed kills, research has proven that for every mile per hour you drive, the likelihood of your being in an accident increases by four tot five percent. At higher speeds, the risk increases much more. Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The economic cost to society of speeding related crashes is estimated by 40 billion per year. In 2014, speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all the fatal crashes and 11.600 lives were lost in speeding related crashes. For average drives across your town, driving with 10 mph faster is only going to save you a few minutes while increasing your crash risk by as much as 50 percent. Even the long trips or highway trips, the time you’ll save is inconsequential compared to the risk associated with speeding. Take you time and hold your speed limits. If you’re really need to get there fast as possible, leave earlier.

Many countries have passed laws that be the use of cell phones while driving. The reason is the number of death attributed to this seemly harmless activity. Almost 2600 deaths nationwide every year by the cause of cell phones. In fact those numbers may actually be to low due the continued rise in cell phones use behind the wheel. If you think that talking and texting while driving isn’t a bad idea or a big deal, consider this: It isn’t just cell phones that causes distractions, however. Eating, applying makeup, fiddling with electronic devices or interacting with passengers also diverts a driver’s attention in potentially deadly ways. Perhaps the best advice on driving distractions came from many safely driving campaigns, “keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel”.