Driving a car is not a piece of cake. Actually, it requires a number of skills to have a safe trip. It is estimated that there are about 10 million car accidents happening in the world every year and this number is non-stop year by year.
Nigeria is also not an exception. According to an annual report, human error is one of the main reasons leading to car accidents and crashes in the past few years.
Here we list the 4 most popular and dangerous human mistakes to avoid so that you can have a safe trip.
1. Drunk or drugged driving
Drinking and using drugs before or while driving can endanger you. Although drivers themselves know well that they shouldn’t get drunk or use the drug while driving, they still underestimate the influence of these.
Drivers must be alert and focused while sliding behind the wheel unless they fail to control their driving. Not only alcohol could thrust us into danger but smoking pot and other drugs can also make us intoxicated and uncontrollable.
Don’t drink and drive! Leave your car alone if you are inebriated. Taking a taxi is a great idea.
2. Inappropriate speeding
Over speeding is the second leading cause of car accidents after drunk driving. Driving too fast will pose a threat not only to the driver but also the passengers even the pedestrians and traffic participants.
However, driving too slow will also put you in trouble with other vehicles especially in the freeways.
A study shows that the possibility of a crash increases when the speed is above or below the average speed.
Therefore, adjusting the speed when driving is an important skill that keeps your trip safe. And even when the weather is bad, don’t risk going fast, this can kill you.
3. Tired and sleepy driving
When you are tired, all you need is a rest. When you are sleepy, all you need is a sleep. Otherwise, drowsy driving can lead you to a damage of a crash.
When your body needs to sleep, it will tend to get it.
So you cannot react promptly and flexibly in case of necessity or even just driving properly.
Alertness is a necessary condition for the driver to sit in front of the steering wheel.
You need to take a short rest before driving if you get tired and sleep a little to awake yourself if you are sleepy.
4. Distracted driving
Distracted driving includes any activity that deflects driver’s attention on the go.
Drinking, eating, talking and texting on your phone are the most common expressions of distracted driving leading to car accidents.
Care and patience are two qualities that are never excessive especially for drivers. So do not harm yourself and others just because of your distraction.
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