Family safety: 5 dangerous driving mistakes you might do without knowing it!
You wake up in the morning to the sound of an accident. For a second time it’s the accident sound that completes your day. Something is actually wrong with the drivers on our roads. They are doing things they ought not to do while on the wheel. It is ironical to see drivers commit the same mistakes that were made known to them during their driving lessons. Their lack to adhere to the safety measures taught in driving schools is the main reason behind the dangerous driving mistakes. What things do some drivers do that annoy other drivers or even the pedestrians alike? The five most dangerous driving mistakes are:
1) Cellphone use- it is common to see a good number of drivers busy talking over the phone while struggling to focus on the road at the same time. A recent road safety journal reported that a driver is more likely to cause an accident in an equal measure as a drunk driver. Drivers are easily distracted while on the phone and less focus is kept on the road, other vehicles and pedestrians. In many instances they react to the distraction when it is way too late to avoid the accident.
2) Fatigued driving-driving when fatigued is very dangerous especially on very busy roads where the traffic level is very high. It can cause injuries, if not death, on you and other road users in the event that an accident occurs. Impaired driving is reported to have killed over 10000 people in California, U.S.A in 2012 alone. Drunk drivers are a serious problem to other road users and it has always been recommended that people ought not to drive when on the influence of alcohol.
3) Fast driving-young inexperienced and teen drivers are the most common victims who are fascinated with the fast speed they drive their cars at. Over speeding on poor condition roads, high cliffs and round sharp bends is extremely dangerous and unthinkable. The over speeding driver can easily topple over the fall, veer off the road or worse off, roll several times before plunging in a ditch. The deadly crashes result to serious injuries that may even cause permanent disabilities to the victims. It is necessary that drivers drive at safe speeds at all times so as to protect all the parties at stake from any form of accident that might arise from the deadly crashes thereon.
4) Aggressive & Reckless driving- most of the aggressive driving traits include frequent changing of lanes, ignoring traffic rules and close following of other vehicles. Other aggressive driving habits are include rude gestures, excessive and unnecessary honking and ignoring other drivers on the road. Aggressive driving is dangerous to both other drivers and the victim himself. It distracts other drivers due to fear of collision and ending up in a fatal accident. Empathy for other drivers can help reduce reckless and aggressive drivers. Ensuring good driving is healthy to the individual driver and the society as a whole.
5) Poor car maintenance-it is always said that you reap what you saw. It therefore goes without saying that when a driver fails to ensure proper maintenance of his car he should not expect it to perform as desired. Driving with a poor lighting system, deflated tires and a poor braking system will for sure drive one into an accident. The car becomes difficult to control and is unreliable. Ensuring good maintenance for one’s car from time to time will improve its reliability while on the road. It will also be easy to avoid accidents and ensure safe driving at all times of the day and at all traffic levels.