When you are driving a car the “right thing” to pay attention to is driving that car. The intelligent driver is attending to the exterior surroundings (road conditions and traffic flow), the interior situation (controls, instruments, passengers) and to her own mind set (irritated, alert, preoccupied etc.) That is the ideal.
A safe driver is not merely someone who has been lucky enough to avoid accidents, but is one who drives defensively and looks out for others. But today’s more skill, knowledge and decision-making ability.
If you are a driver who has a safe attitude about your driving, you will be able to drive with a sense of security in inclement weather, on difficult roads and through heavy traffic.
To be a good driver you should respect all traffic laws and be courteous to others. Don’t be in a big hurry–you’re just asking for trouble. When bad weather affects driving conditions, you must adjust your driving time and habits. driving lessons on wet or slippery roads is not the same as driving on dry surfaces. The number of traffic accidents and cars running off the road during rainy weather could be reduced if drivers would anticipate the slippery road conditions and adjust their driving habits.
Every day 115 people die in motor vehicle crashes. That’s one person killed every 12 minutes. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among Australian from 4 to 33 years old.
You can avoid to reduce this tragic toll by following these safety.
- wear safety belts
- don’t drink and drive
- obey traffic safety rules
- drive defensively
- keep your vehicle in good mechanical condition
Wear safety belts
Twenty-nine percent of all australia drivers do not use safety belts. Thirty-nine percent of the occupants of passenger cars involved in fatal crashes in 2005 did not wear seat belts. Also, 44 percent of occupants of light trucks involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained. Safety belts saved more than 12,000 lives in 2005.
Safety belts are very effective in preventing the occupant from being ejected from a vehicle. In fatal crashes, 75 percent of passenger car occupants who were totally ejected were killed. Only 1 percent of the occupants in fatal crashes who were wearing safety belts were totally ejected from the vehicle.
Don’t drink and drive
Alcohol was involved in 41 percent of fatal crashes. Alcohol-related crashes kill more than 17,000 people each year. That’s an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 30 minutes.
There are a lot of things to think about when driving: road conditions, your speed, observing traffic laws and signals, following directions, being aware of the cars around you, checking your mirrors – the list goes on. Staying focused on driving – and only driving – is key.
Being alert (not sleepy or under the influence) allows you to react quickly to potential problems – like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Obviously, alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) affect a driver’s reaction time and judgment. Driving while tired has the same effect and is one of the leading causes of accidents. So rest up before your road trip.