Why It’s Vital To Stick To Traffic Rules

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Did you know that there were 3,166 traffic fatalities in 2017 due to distraction at the wheel. Being distracted is easy in today’s world. Our phones are a number one factor of distraction, whether that’s talking on the phone as we drive, or even speaking on the phone on a hands-free set, you are still using your mind in your conversation and not always on the road. Checking the internet and social media is also still a stop gap at traffic lights. This certainly is not the best way to go about driving in a modern world. More than ever before, there is a huge amount of cars on the road which heightens the risk of a car accident. This is why it is vital to adhere to the rules of the road to avoid the mass of fatalities caused each year by poor driving.

So what are the main rules of the road and do you know them all? There are plenty of rules and regulations to stand by. Keeping your distance and checking your car regularly are some of them but there are additional ways to stay safe that will protect you, your family, other drivers and pedestrians alike. Here are some ways to be a better driver.

  1. Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – this means not engaging in any other type of activity such as phone, eating, drinking, reading or taking your hands off the wheel.

  2. Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react which will mean you will not be able to stop yourself sliding into another vehicle or hitting a person or another object in the road. Be safe.

  3. Plan regular stops – if you are driving further than usual, then be sure to look at planned stops. Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other activities.

  4. Children must be properly strapped in – do not let children be a distraction by not wearing belts. It’s dangerous for all lives. They should be buckled in their seats at all times.

  5. Don’t drive too closely to other cars – keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you. Do not get up close ever as this will slow down reaction speeds.

  6. Make the car comfortable – do not be strained in any way when you’re driving such as the seat being too far back. Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before setting off and be sure that you are comfortable to drive.

  7. Make sure any objects are tied down – if you are taking boxes or goods around in your car, secure them well enough so that they do not move around while the vehicle is in motion.

  8. Always wear your belt – plain and simple.

  9. Be defensive – you must always practice defensive driving but even more so if the weather is bad as this will mean you can’t see the road as well as usual.

Be safe on the roads. Don’t get caught out.

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