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Road Safety: Stop Accidents Before They Stop You!

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 22, 2016 3:08:45 PM / by Davee Williamson

We want to ensure all road users are not only safe but also being responsible and considerate drivers. With road accidents and fatalities on the rise, there are several steps we encourage you take to improve your safety.

 

  • Buckle Up- Make sure you and your passengers ALWAYS wear seat belts, because while it may not prevent an accident; it increases your chances of survival. Seat belts save lives!

 

  • Observe Speed Limits, Road Signs and Signals- Exceeding speed limits and disobeying road signs or signals is not only dangerous for you the driver but other road users whether drivers, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists or pedestrians. 

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  • Don’t run a stop sign or red light - Always bring the vehicle to a halt when approaching a stop sign or red light. Running a stop sign or red light can not only result in a traffic ticket but also a car accident or fatalities.

  •  Pass Carefully- If you have to overtake a vehicle, ensure that there are no oncoming vehicles and remember to check your rear and side view mirrors. 

 

  • Avoid distracted driving- Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Cell phone usage can be a major distraction for drivers. If you have to speak with someone urgently it is best for you to pull over or make contact when you reach your destination. Don’t text and drive…Focus on the road.

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  • Maintain a distance of at least one car length- You must drive a safe distance behind the vehicle travelling in front of you since you never know when you might need to come to a sudden stop.

 

  • Be aware of weather conditions- Driving in poor weather conditions can be dangerous so slow down and drive carefully especially if the roads are wet.

 

  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol- Drinking slows reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgement. If you plan to drink, try to arrange for a designated driver who will consume no alcohol or call a taxi instead.

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  • Practice defensive driving- Defensive driving simply involves anticipating danger by identifying hazards and predicting possible collisions in order to avoid accidents.

 

Always remember to be responsible when driving… keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.  

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Davee Williamson

Written by Davee Williamson