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Mobile Phones While Driving

The Dangers

When you’re behind the wheel, using a mobile phone in ANY situation, even when stuck at traffic lights, means that your attention is not on the road. 

One moment's distraction is all it takes to get into a major accident.

  • You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving.
  • When you are on the phone, your reaction times are 50% slower than when you are driving normally.

 

The Solution

Please don't make or answer calls while you're driving. Please find a safe place to park before using your mobile phone. Do not pull off on the hard shoulder of the highway. Don't call people when you know that they are driving.

Over Speeding

The Dangers

The faster you drive, the less time you have to stop if something unexpected occurs. At 100 kph, your car will travel 3 metres ,it takes a second for an accident to happen. At 60 kph this distance is reduced to just 1.6 metres – which can mean the difference between life and death. Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents

  • Hit by a car at 60km/h, 9 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.
  • Hit by a car at 50km/h, 5 out of 10 of pedestrians will be killed.
  •  Hit by a car at 30km/h, 1 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed. 

The Solution

Drive to suit the road you are on. In some road conditions, such as in a sandstorm or when it is raining, even driving at the speed limit could be fatal. Remember that the speed limit on any road is a MAXIMUM, not a target. Don’t assume it’s safe to break the speed limit on desert roads just because there is less traffic or an open road ahead.

Be aware that there may be unexpected hazards, such as blind bends, vehicles coming out of junctions and debris on the road, all of which is harder to avoid the faster you drive.

Seat Belts

The Dangers

It takes a second to fasten your seat belt before you start the engine. You're TWICE as likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt.Drivers and passengers aged between 17-3 suffer the most fatalities and serious injuries, because a very low number of them wear seat belts.

  •  Many people are less likely to use seat belts on short or regular journeys - this puts them at serious risk of injury in a crash
  • Always wear a seat belt and always make sure all your passengers are wearing seat belts BEFORE you set off. Never fall into the trap of thinking “I’m just going around the corner, I don’t need a seat belt for that.” Please wear your seat belt correctly. A seat belt that is not properly fastened will give you much less protection in a crash.

The Solution

When you are driving, your brain has to deal with many things and process countless data. Alcohol affects your ability to concentrate and to make quick decisions on the road, slowing down your reaction times. The more you drink, the more your eyes stop moving completely for periods longer than a second, so you can never be fully aware of your surroundings. IT IS ALSO COMPLETELY ILLEGAL TO DRIVE AFTER EVEN ONE DRINK! YOU WILL GO TO JAIL! The Solution NEVER, NEVER drive if you have consumed alcohol.

 

Drugs and Alcohol 

The Dangers

 

Driving while you are tired is similar in many ways to driving after consuming alcohol, as sleepiness results in slower reaction times, decreased awareness, impaired judgment and an increased risk of getting involved in an accident.

People who are not well rested pose a greater danger to themselves and to other road users. Sleep deprivation may affect the driver's awareness, as well as reduce their ability to react to situations in time.

 

  • Up to 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related.
  • Sleep-related accidents are more likely than others to result in a fatality or serious injury.
  • The peak times for accidents are in the early hours and after lunch.
  • About 40% of sleep-related accidents involve trucks and commercial vehicles.
  •  Men under 30 have the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

The Solution

Plan your journey to include a 15-minute break every two hours. Don't start a long trip if you're feeling tired. Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am, because you are more likely to feel sleepy during this period. If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop - not on the side of the highway. Drink some coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest of 10 minutes or more. The only proper cure for sleepiness is sufficient sleep. A caffeine drink or a nap is a short-term solution that will only keep you going for a short while.