While many think a car accident is just bad luck, there are a few things you can do to avoid one at all costs. Here are five to consider.
Published: Saturday, February 11th 2017
In light of the growing number of deaths on SA roads, Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters has expressed her concern and intent on educating drivers. Peters believes drivers need to be educated on the proper rules and 'conduct' of the road at a young age. This will, hopefully, provide the foundation for a more safety conscious driver. She hopes to introduce a 'driving simulator' into high schools in order to better prepare future drivers for the dangers of the road.
Here Are 5 Ways To Avoid a Car Accident
1. Avoid The "Fast Lane"
Most accidents occur in the fast lane and can be lethal when trying to avoid a situation. By using the left or centre lane, you will have more escape routes, should a problem arise.
2. Keep Your Eyes Scanning The Road Ahead
A clever tip most driving instructors will tell you is to drive, "like everyone on the road doesn't know how to drive". Instead of just focusing on the car in front of you, take a look at other potential hazards that could come in harm's way.By doing this, your chances of avoiding a problem dramatically increase as you have enough time to react to it.
A cellphone is a distraction, there are no two ways about it. Even a hands-free kit creates a sense of distraction when driving. With talk of self-driving cars entering the market, the number one advantage is the car's inability to become distracted.If you do need to make a call, make sure you park your car before doing so.
4. Know Your Car's Limits
How well do you know your car? By paying attention to how well your particular vehicle reacts in certain situations, i.e., if the vehicle leans a lot when you're rounding corners, this means that wrenching the wheel at high speeds to avoid an accident could be deadly.It is also vital that you are familiar with the limits of your car's brakes and tires. How long does it take to stop when you apply maximum pressure? How much grip do your tyres have? These questions can save you from a possible car accident.
5. Get 'Race Car Driver' Control Of Your Car
'Race car driver' position involves being a little closer to the steering wheel. With your back against the seat, and your wrists resting comfortably on the steering wheel, this eradicates any threats of arm fatigue. This also ensures your wrists are in an optimum position, should you need to make a quick evasive move to avoid a car accident.