Tips to Help You Avoid Accidents While Driving

Road accident is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In the Philippines alone, latest statistics compiled by the Philippine National Police Traffic Management Group show that occurrence of road accidents are very high.

Don’t let that deter you into getting in your new or pre-owned car, though! As a driver or passenger, you can greatly reduce your risk by taking control of the situation. Below are tips on how you can do that.

Obey Traffic Laws and Regulations at All Times

You need to abide by traffic laws and regulations whether you like it or not. After all, those rules are established for the safety of the driving public. The most common mistakes which contribute to serious injuries are:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to observe street signs and the right-of-way of other motorists.
  • Overtaking other vehicles at unsafe times.
  • Swerving
  • Tailgating
  • Illegal turns

Keep Your Vehicle in Good Working Condition

Making sure your new or used car is in tip-top shape can help reduce the chances of it breaking down on you while on the road. So as much as possible, have your vehicle checked regularly by your trusted mechanic and observe proper auto maintenance.

Keep Yourself in Good Working Condition

Of course, the car’s only as good as its driver. So before you get in your sweet ride, you need to make sure you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to drive. Never hit the road when your senses are impaired by alcohol, drugs, or when you’re over fatigued. Also, do not drive when you are experiencing severe emotional stress.

Avoid Driving in Severe Weather Conditions

Unless absolutely necessary, try avoiding to drive during stormy days. But if you really need to go, best do so with caution. And if you have to drive at night, you must do the following:

  • Observe a wider tailing distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Keep your windshield, signal lights, and headlights clear.
  • Don’t hard brake (pressing the brake pedal to the floor) to avoid sudden stopping. More likely than not, the roads are slippery, and the vehicle behind you may slam into your rear if you suddenly stopped.

Mind the Pedestrians and Cyclists

Be extra cautious when driving near pedestrians or cyclists. They always have the right-of-way.

Hands Off Of Your Devices

Do not use cell phones or tablets while driving. Some road accidents are attributed to irresponsible use of these gadgets. And if you are a passenger, never distract the driver’s attention and concentration while driving.

Final Thoughts

Following the tips above will ensure yours and your passengers’ safety as well as help you avoid unnecessary legal, medical, and financial troubles that usually come along with road accidents. So best keep them in mind while driving.