If you are a regular road driver, you must be aware that a road accident is an inevitable thing. Even if it's a minor scuff, your car is bound to get brushed somewhere or with someone. But we just can't ignore the fact that driving carefully and following all the traffic rules will reduce the risk many folds and help you become a better driver.
Here are some key tips to avoid road accidents and becomes a better driver-
Maintain speed limits
Always keep a leash on your machine by maintaining steady speed levels,so that you can control your vehicle better. Always try to keep the speed on the lower levels and avoid any urges to speed up simply for the thrill of it. It is important to slow down in congested areas or near schools, hospitals, narrow roads and hilly areas where visibility is poor. Be extra careful and slow on wet roads and steep blind turns, as these are the most accident prone situations.
Obey traffic rules
Always obey traffic rules, as these are designed for you as well as other road users’ safety. Do not unnecessarily overtake, and keep adequate distance between vehicles. Proper usage of indicators is also mandatory while changing lanes or taking turns.
Always wear seat belts
The basic, but always ignored the safety measure in a vehicle is the seat belt. Always wear the life saving seat belts. Studies reveal that more than 63 percent of the car accident fatalities are due to not wearing seat belts. Seat belts help protect the body organs and minimize head and neck injuries in the event of accidents and are crucial for all vehicle passengers.
Read road signs
Read all caution signs on the road, as they play very important roles in road safety by warning about accident prone zones, blind turns, speed limits, etc. Always have respect for the other car drivers, and always give preference to the road crossing pedestrians and children.
Buy a safe vehicle
Opt for anti skid braking systems or ABS in vehicles to reduce the risk of skidding in treacherous road conditions. Try to go for cars that come with air bags, as these are crucial life saving devices in case of accidents.
Use indicators and dipper
Make sure that all the lamps on your vehicle are working properly. The headlights, tail lights, top light, indicators and turn signals are all very important to avoid accidents.
Maintain your car
Always check that your vehicle is in good working condition, and go for regular car servicing. Check for the conditions of brakes, tyres, air pressure in tyres as well as wheel alignment at all times.
No drunk driving
Usage of drugs and alcohol while driving is a strict no. Any sort of heavy addiction slows down the reflexes, disrupt judgments, because drowsiness and cause low mental alertness all of which are necessary for safe driving and avoid severe accidents.
It is to be understood that safe driving is not just a message, but a way of living. More than anyone else, it's our life which is at stake when we are driving a car. Without proper training and understanding of traffic rules, we should let our children and known person drive a car. Being in limit is what will save that minor scuff with other car or some person or a wall nearby!