Monday, June 5, 2017

Drive Safely This Vacation Time

When on vacation, driving a car is a great way to get around. However, wherever in the world you are, make sure you drive on the right side of the road to ensure you drive safely.

You might think you are the safest driver in the world, but the roads can be unpredictable, with any number of hazards facing you. As a driver, the best way for you to avoid an accident is to do your part in driving responsibly. Whatever your travel plans, make sure you follow the advice below to keep you and other road users safe.

Reckless driving
Reckless and careless driving is one of the biggest causes of motoring accidents. No matter how protected you feel in your car, you are still at risk of other road users causing you damage. You are also responsible for the cars and pedestrians around you while you are on the road, so don’t be a fool, and drive responsibly.

So what constitutes dangerous driving? You can probably answer this yourself, but as a reminder this can include driving above the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic, overtaking at blind spots and ignoring the traffic lights.

The other big no-no is driving under the influence of drink or drugs. If you intend to get into your car while intoxicated or high, you are putting your life and the lives of others at risk. You want to have a great time on your holiday, so there may be times when you should walk or get a cab to get to where you need to be.

Ultimately, you will ruin your life if your reckless driving hurts or kills somebody else. You will be banned from driving, but you will always have to live with the guilt behind your foolish actions.

Getting distracted
Human error is one of the leading causes of road accidents and can be easily avoided by avoiding distractions. The minute your attention is taken from the road ahead, the risk of an accident increases. Mobile phones are a common distraction, with phone calls and social media so always have hands-free equipment installed in your car.  When you start to feel sleepy at the wheel, especially when you are driving a long distance, pull over and get some fresh air, or share the driving responsibility with a friend.

Defective vehicles
You may be driving a car that has a lot of second-hand parts, that is liable to cause personal and public injury. Ensure your car is up to scratch, otherwise you will be using a company such as Gruber Law for help.

Always have your car checked by a qualified technician to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. If the tyres are worn, headlamps are broken, or the brakes are loose, you should get your car seen to immediately. If your tyres blow or your steering fails when driving, you will lose control and cause damage to something or somebody. Bottom line, if you have a car that is unsuitable for any distance driving, ditch it and find another way to travel.