4 Tips For Driving Safe This Holiday Season
These 4 Tips For Driving Safe This Holiday Season has been properly timed in anticipation of the long weekend. Not only is safety important, driving safely is very important seeing as there will be lots of celebration with lots of drinking this season.
Towards the end of 2016, FRSC releases their statistics on the number of fatalities in Nigeria resulting from road accidents. In 2015, FRSC stated that 5440 people died as a result of car crashes. This year, however, that number increased to 6,000.
The Q2 2017 road transport data reflected that 2,503 road crashes occurred in Q2 2017. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q1 and it accounted for 44.44% of the total road crashes reported. Loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 12.92% and 8.06% of the total road crashes recorded.
As experts warn, a significant number of those people who will be commuting through an automobile will likely be young adults, which is why the concern is at its highest this year. Researchers have pointed out that young drivers are three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal crash. So yes, young drivers are among the most dangerous on the road. But that’s not to say there’s no hope for improving our chances of getting into an accident.
While it may not always be your fault, here are four tips you can follow to help prevent a collision – and even possibly fatalities – during the holidays.
1. Eye Balls On The Road
When it comes to young drivers, one of the principal factors of a horrific accident is the mobile phone. As technology has improved, so has our dependence on these devices. Utilizing the GPS can take your eyes off the road for a few seconds, but that’s all it takes for a fatal accident to occur.
If you don’t have one already, invest N4,500 in a Remax Letto Car Holder phone mount. It has a 360-degree horizontal rotation, Shockproof, Anti Shake. This will not only save your life but probably prevent you from destroying your precious car.
2. Hands Off The Booze!
About 30 percent of fatalities involving car accidents are caused by impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol. All these senseless tragedies could’ve been avoided in the first place if, to begin with, none of the perpetrators had their car keys.
You’re enjoying that amazing bottle of Whiskey and/or you and your friends are playing games with shots of Tequila. Enjoy but know that all you have to do is call a cab to take you home or have a designated driver before all the drinking starts. Remember that when you drive drunk, you’re not only putting your life at risk, you’re also risking the lives of everybody else on the road.
Even at low levels, alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that can slow down reaction time, sparking foolish choices that may lead to a life or death incidences.
3. Hide All The Car Keys
Despite what’s written in this piece, irresponsible binge drinking is going to occur anyhow. So here’s how to make sure everyone is safe: Have the responsible individual who will not be consuming alcohol take all the car keys and hide it from sight before the binge drinking starts. This way, responsible person in charge will be able to keep track of who is leaving and their mental state.
Do you have a friend or relative that is unfit to drive and has no way home? Call a cab. No, you’re not invincible, neither are you, James Bond. Drop those keys!
4. Prevent Your Teen From Driving
This one is for all the parents who have teenage kids: It’s easier said than done. Giving strong advice to teenagers will likely enter one ear and travel out through the other. It’s important to prevent your teen from driving out of your sight during the holidays. The line, “Young drivers, are among the most dangerous on the road,” should speak volumes.
Peer pressure also plays a factor in your teen ignoring the advice you gave a few hours ago. The temptation to recreate Fast and Furious scenes is huge. Help them avoid this temptation as best as you can.
Bottom line: Understand that every single decision you make in life has consequences, whether they are good or bad. As a person who lost friends and relatives to drunk drivers, I always stand by one quote: “Make it a night to remember – not a night to forget.”