Driving Safely is the Best Insurance Policy
Drivers are often guilty of multi-tasking on the road - from switching between the radio stations to changing CDs, mapping and using GPS-devices, sending short text messages, eating while driving, putting on make-up to even smoking. Though these actions may seem harmless, they are distractions to the driver as inadequate focus to road conditions may lead to road accidents or cause road hazards to other drivers.
Drivers’ attitudes and actions account for more than 80% of road accidents. Some drivers are overly confident about their driving skills. Thus, they “multi-task” while driving thinking that it is just a quick and harmless action.
Drivers’ attitudes often lead to their actions on the roads:
Drivers who have many years of driving experience and believe that they can handle any road situation
Multi-tasking on the road while driving
Drivers are overly confident about their driving skills
Drivers who are impatient
Drivers who think they are safe drivers
Excessive cutting and switching of lanes, beating amber traffic lights, tailgating, exceeding their speed limits Excessive cutting and switching of lanes, beating amber traffic lights, exceeding their speed limits, abusing their horns Not wearing seat belts
Consequences Reaction time is lessen when drivers are not focusing on road conditions. This may lead to accidents. Cause inconvenience to other road users. Exceeding speed limits may violate traffic rules.
May lead to road rage and accidents.
People who do not buckle up may be thrown out of the car in serious accidents or rollover. Neck may also suffer stress from the jolt.
What are some tips for safe driving?
Plan your journey ahead – Planning your route ahead helps you to focus on road conditions as you
will not need to look around for directions or fiddle with your GPS device.
Always wear your seat belt – This is mandatory for drivers and buckling up may save your life.
Limit multi-tasking actions when driving – Make sure that you engage in actions like changing CDs, switching between radio stations, sending short text messages at appropriate times. e.g. when vehicle comes to a halt at traffic lights.
Do not tailgate – You will be less likely to slam on the brakes should the vehicle in front of you stop
suddenly. This will also give more reaction time to the driver behind you.