We often take things we do regularly for granted, like driving. We sometimes assume that we have the skills to handle all situations, even those rarely experienced - like driving in the snow or heavy fog.
You can help reduce your risk of being in a crash by anticipating what might happen by looking ahead and closely observing the movement of other traffic wherever you drive Expecting the unexpected especially in city driving and take extra care when changing lanes, overtaking, going through intersections and driving at night Keeping a greater distance to the car in front especially when driving on rural roads and overtake only when safe - never rush or lose patience.
Taking a 15 minute powernap whenever you feel drowsy or sleepy
Reducing your speed accordingly when driving conditions become difficult or extreme through rain, fog, snow or glare
Not driving after you have been drinking or have taken drugs
Not using a mobile phone while driving
The crash risk for drivers differs according to age and experience.
Driving as safely as we can is a shared responsibility of all road users.
Ageing drivers are at a greater risk of being killed or seriously injured in a crash due to increased frailty and other issues associated with driving, rather than risky driving behaviour.
Young drivers are three times more likely to be involved in serious accidents than experienced drivers, and the risk is even higher in the first few months of getting your licence. This is partly because they take unacceptable risks, but the major reason is that they lack experience.
Fatigue is one of the major contributors to fatal crashes among young drivers. If you're studying, working and/or socialising you may often be tempted to drive tired or when you'd normally be sleeping just to fit everything in. Make sure you get a good nights sleep before you drive. Take a 15 minute powernap whenever you feel drowsy or sleepy.
Avoid driving during normal sleeping hours.
If you are tired and need to get somewhere, try to arrange a lift, use a cab or even catch public transport.
You can also protect yourself and your friends by choosing a safe car that stacks up well in crash tests. Not all cars are created equal in terms of safety Cars within a similar price range may differ in the level of protection they offer occupants in a crash. If you're in the market for a car, look at a range of cars that suit your budget, travel needs and style and then pick the one that's the safest. There are safe cars for every budget out there.
Equally important is the need for the right insurance to enjoy peace of mind and added protection. Make sure that the insurance company will be with you when you need them the most. Which is why it's critical to pick one that's trust-worthy and reliable apart from low pricing.
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