Out of the many safety tips that you need to follow, these are some of the more important lane rules you need to adhere to in order to stay safe.
- Never drink and drive: Out of every 100 road accidents, 30 to 40 of them were caused due to some sort of impairment caused by alcohol. Heavy intoxication or even low blood alcohol levels causes enough damage to the nervous system to cause a crash. So, if you’re ever drunk, either call for a cab or request a drop from a sober friend.
- Do not Over speed: You must have seen blokes speed up on their cars and superbikes, whizzing past you like a wind. It might look ‘cool’ initially but eventually it probably could be the cause for a terrible road crash.
- Get rid of Distraction: Messaging, calling, music or even talking; all of it leads to distractions. You have to avoid all such distractions while driving. Not only does it pose a serious threat to your life but it also compromises on your passengers’ life too. Why risk it?
- Avoid drowsy driving: If you’re feeling sleepy and dozing off, do not drive under any circumstance. Studies show that a big reason for road accidents is due to drowsy driving. People who are drowsy don’t exactly pay attention to the road and hence end up causing a crash.
- Wear seatbelts: Over the years, the one major reason for the safety of the many inside a car has been a seatbelt. Seatbelts save millions of lives every year. Not only does it help you stay in your seat in case of a crash it also offers the added safety of not being thrown around in case of sudden braking.
- Avoid Driving in Bad Weather: Unless it is some sort of emergency, never get behind the wheel during bad weather. Whether it is fog, snow, rain or thunderstorm; it is extremely dangerous to be on road during these incidents. Wheel skidding, Low visibility and slippery tracks are some of the many risks that come with these situations.
- Keep safe distance: Don’t get too close to the car or bike moving ahead of you. Keep a safe distance of at least 6 seconds to catch up. This reduces the risk of slamming the one behind in case of a sudden braking need.
- Watch out for “The Guy”: As they say “The roads are filled with idiots”; you need to always watch out for the one guy who doesn’t obey any lane discipline. It often doesn’t matter how well you drive, there will always be someone who ruins it for the rest. Always watch out for the reckless riders and drivers.
- Defensive driving: There is a quote that reads, “You are the car and the car is you.” It simply means that you should be able to anticipate if your car will be able to make a turn safely or not, beforehand.
- Vehicle maintenance: Maintain your vehicle safely. Ensure to change damaged parts as early as possible. More importantly parts like the brake system and more. Maintenance of vehicles increases longevity while reducing mechanical or technical failures while driving on the road.
While you’re on the road, you could keep in mind all of the things mentioned above and stay safe but ultimately the only thing that’ll matter is your presence of mind. A driver with a good presence of mind always stays safe on the road regardless of whatever may come.