Driving is often an essential part of life as it allows you to get from A to B on a daily basis. People often drive themselves to work, driving can be used for the school run, shopping and many more activities where travelling is needed. Driving can also be considered as a past time, a pleasurable activity but it is vital that when taking up any journey whether it be short or long distance that it is always done as safely as possible avoiding any dangerous situations at all cost. Driving can be considered dangerous if it is not appreciated what a road accident can entail. When driving it is important to be aware of not only the other road users but people all around.
Here are a few examples on driving in a safely manner;
Never Drink and Drive – Driving while under the influence of alcohol is massively dangerous not only for the drunken driver but for passengers, other vehicle road users and pedestrians. It can cause fatal incidents and cause life changing consequences. Drinking can cause vital censors to become impaired, vision is often disturbed by drunkenness and drink can even cause unconsciousness making driving extremely dangerous and in some cases life threatening.
Seatbelts are compulsory – Some find wearing a seatbelt as uncomfortable or inconvenient but they are there as a safety measure and can reduce the seriousness of injuries caused in an accident by up to 50%. Seatbelts are provided to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers so that if an unfortunate accident did occur a safety measure is in place. They are not only for the safety of the person wearing one but also for the safety of others as they prevent the wearer from being thrown around the car or through the window screen which might endanger others.
Always Concentrate – It is important that when driving you are not distracted by things which will take even a small part of your concentration away from the road. Using mobile phones are classed as a distraction as they may take your focus away from the road. Holding a mobile in your hands is illegal but taking calls using a hand held free device is not. Eating, drinking and using the radio can also be considered as distractions so better to organise yourself by eating and drinking before the journey begins and leave changing radio stations or cd’s until you make a stop.
Driving when tired – Always avoid driving when tired as this can very easily lead to an accident and you are less aware of the activities happening in the area around you and may be unaware of a possible hazard or more extremely driving while drowsy can as easily cause a hazard in itself. Before taking a journey it’s vital to have had a good and lengthy sleep especially if planning to drive through the night as you will need to ensure that some of the nights sleep is taken before the journey. Tired drivers can easily fall asleep at the wheel or be so tired that they cannot hold their concentration and fatal incidents can occur.
Always keep to the speed limit – Speed limits are set for a reason, to ensure that the lives of pedestrians, drivers and passengers can be kept safe. Different speed limits are set to facilitate the area in which the road is situated and take into account drivers and public use. The speed limit on motorways is much higher than in a residential area as there are no pedestrians on motorways or shouldn’t be. Keeping the speed limit ensures your safety and the people around you.