10% of the fatal accidents on roads are because of distracted driving according to the NHTSA. despite the fact that you are abiding by the law, one wrong move whilst driving tin take a heavy toll where the question of what you tin do and what not arises.
It makes me wonder what we are doing some trivial mistakes with a heavy price on the roads that we need to avoid to ensure safe driving.
1. Listening to phone with the hands-free
Not a PJ! Talking on phone no matter with the set in your hands or hands-free is with the fact that you are responsible for driving a 2,000- to 3,000-pound block of steel on the road. Any small mistake tin turns the scene within seconds. The studies have shown that talking on the phone has caused accidents, not holding the set in hands. The limit of focus of an average person is four objects at one time.
Breaking down the mechanics of driving, steering, accelerating, shifting, changing the radio station, and braking—getting a phone call may create an imbalance. Not necessary that you are talking; but still you are listening to the person on the other end, thinking about what he said, and then replying. All the attention may be drawn to the conversation and the driving may be compromised.
2. Unnecessary swerving
Staying in your lane is the basic principle on roads. Easy to say! But it’s not like that. a lot of the drivers on the roads unconsciously take the road signs as guides, not absolutes; they move over them without calculating the upshot. According to the data in 2007, the national motorway traffic safety administration reported the casualties of 15,574 people because of veering of the drivers out of their lanes. The same year, 13,041 people were reported to be killed in the accidents by the alcohol-impaired drivers. Looks frightening!
3. Failure to give the right of way on roads
Some more annoying things have been reported when the failure of give way has caused accidents. The drivers above 70 are failing to yield the right of way. No offence but they are tubelights. Not limited to just over age drivers, in 2007, the fifth biggest cause of the fatal accidents was failure to yield the right of way.
4. Running red lights
Causing casualties 75% of all wagon crashes are occurring in urban areas. Any guesses why? Drivers are in a hurry. They are running red light. About 1,000 deaths and almost 90,000 injuries every year are caused by the red light running. The situation has got worse and the motorway authorizes had to install red light cameras on the engaged intersections. The coercive effect of a heavy hit to the wallet has brought about a 10% to 40% drop in accidents caused by the red light running.
5. Riding the brakes in place of controlling the pace
Instead of controlling the speed yes, true that! It’s hard enough. Driving in the winding hill and steep areas, using petrol pedals are not necessary. But braking is a different thing. Even though it’s not recommended to ride the brakes, but practically it’s not possible. What’s the solution then?
Breaking down a long grade with controlling the speed with the gearbox is the answer. It is called “engine braking” that slows down the vehicle whilst using the compression of the engine. If you are using manual gearbox, it means you are shifting to the lower gear, such as shifting from fifth to fourth gear in a five-speed gearbox. In the vehicles using automatic transmissions, it is a shift into the gear that is next-lowest like from d4 to d3. So we need more care whilst driving.