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Avoiding Accidents – Defensive Driving Techniques

Car accidents are not only terrifying and expensive but can cost you a lot of pain or even result in death. In Australia, the leading causes of fatal car accidents are drink driving, speeding, fatigue, and driver distractions. It is quite easy to avoid these factors by taking simple precautions like the ones below.

Slow down on the roads 

Speed is currently the biggest killer on Australian roads. When you speed it makes it much harder to maintain control of your vehicle, and this is when accidents occur. Every kilometre over the speed limit puts not only you, but others at risk. Ignoring these limits is not only dangerous, but illegal. If you manage to avoid crashing your car you are still at a risk of receiving a hefty fine and losing demerit points. It is not worth risking your life or those of your passengers and other drivers. The easiest way to avoid an accident due to speeding is to not speed in the first place.

Don’t drink and drive 

This seems like an obvious one, but unfortunately it does not stop people jumping behind the wheel when intoxicated. Despite strong public health campaigns, drink driving still causes a high number of car accidents and deaths. The easiest way to avoid an accident when drunk is to not get behind the wheel. It is as simple as organising a lift through a sober friend, family member, ride share app, or taxi driver. This also applies if you are the passenger in a car with an intoxicated driver. If you are already in the vehicle then request the driver pulls over and call any of the options mentioned.

Avoid distractions 

Looking away from the road, even for two seconds, is extremely dangerous. Getting distracted by your mobile phone is a major contributing factor to a lot of car accidents. If you need to answer your phone or eat or drink then pull across to the side of the road. If accessing your phone is important for your job then consider installing a mobile phone holder on your dashboard. Other distraction factors include passengers inside the vehicle and distractions outside the vehicle. These distractions slow your reaction time, which can lead to riskier driving.

Fatigue 

Driving when fatigued dramatically reduces your reaction time on the road and your judgement. The likelihood of falling asleep at the wheel also significantly increases. If you are feeling tired and it is safe to do so then pull over to the side of the road. There are also designated rest stop areas on major motorways that you can use. The only remedy for fatigue is to simply take a break.

Other risky driving behaviour 

 The big four are not the only contributing factors to car accidents. Other risk factors that contribute to accidents include:
  • Not wearing your seat belt – not only is it illegal to not wear one, using your seatbelt can be the choice between life and death in an accident.
  • Not ensuring your vehicle is roadworthy – you should make sure that your tyres and lights are in working condition.
  • Forgetting to use your indicator – failing to indicate can confuse other drivers on the road.
  • Tailgating – not only is it rude, but if the car in front suddenly brakes it leaves no time for you to stop. 

Staying safe on the roads is not rocket science. Following these tips can help you avoid hurting not only yourself but loved ones and other drivers on the road. If you have unfortunately found yourself in a car accident then contact Revolution Law for a free case review today.


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