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Thousands of people are injured every year in road accidents, either in a car, motorcycle, public transport or as a pedestrian or cyclist.
Most accidents happen due to the negligence of one of the parties involved, it may be that a car was overtaking or speeding when they shouldn’t have been or it could be another factor that contributed to the accident such as poor weather conditions (snow, ice, rain) or bad visibility.
Below are some tips on how to avoid accidents on the road.
Always scan the road ahead
Try and keep your eyes on the areas well ahead of you. This will allow you to foresee any possible hazards and should allow extra time in case you have to brake suddenly.
Look out for blind spots
Make sure you properly adjust both your rear and side mirrors so you have the best possible view of the traffic behind you. Don’t rely totally on your mirrors, be aware of blind spots and ensure you double check them by looking before you perform a manoeuvre.
Try to avoid the “fast lane”
When motorway driving try to stick to the left-hand or centre lanes, these lanes offer escape routes on either side if you encounter danger and need to get out of the lane rapidly. Additionally far more car accidents happen in the so called fast lane than any of the others, by not driving in it you are reducing your chances of being involved in an accident.
Get your driving position right
Make sure your seat is properly positioned so you are comfortable and close enough so you can easily reach the pedals and steering wheel, this will ensure you have utmost control over the car.
Drive with your hands in the “quarter to three”
Many road users drive with their hands in all sorts of different positions on the steering wheel, some with only one hand on the wheel. It has been proven that the position that gives drivers the most control over the car is the “quarter to three” position.
Steer clear of hazardous road uers
Try to move away from other road users who look like they may present a danger, warning signs are cars that have damaged bodywork or look in disrepair as well as people driving in a reckless or dangerous manner, speeding, swerving or excessive braking are examples. Also look out for drivers using mobile phones or otherwise distracted.
Try and avoid driving after dark
Driving during the day is safer than the night, some people prefer to drive after dark to avoid traffic, however it is not as safe as a daytime journey. A night journey can result in exhaustion leading to impaired vision. At night you are also far more likely to be sharing the road with high risk and dangerous drivers.