How Can I Avoid A Car Accident?
1. Watch Your Speed
Obey the speed limit even if other cars are overtaking you or coming up right behind you. There are speed limit signs everywhere to let you know how fast or slow to go. Suburban areas have slower limits as there are a lot of houses and most likely kids around.
If you are in a main street you will probably see signs everywhere saying to go 60 unless congested.
Police are everywhere, even when you think they arent. They are there to keep our roads safe and wont hold back on giving you a ticket.
Let people pass you, there is no need to be defensive on the roads. It is dangerous and silly. There is usually two lanes on the road a right hand lane and a left hand lane.
Left hand lane is used for people going the speed limit or under and are not overtaking other cars. Right hand lane is used for people that are in a hurry and need to overtake.
3. Avoid Driving In Bad Weather
Never drive in wet weather with cruise control on as it can cause you to hydroplane and run off the road. Always hose the frost off your windows and use your defroster if you are driving in cold/wet weather. Try not to drive on ice, the car will slip and your brakes wont be able to stop you.
4. Drunk Drivers
It is a good idea to have planned someone to drive if you planing a night out. That way everyone gets home safe.
It's the law! Wearing a seat belt can help prevent you from seriously hitting your head and restrain you if brakes are slammed on, especially little kids in the back. Kids need to be in the back until at least 12 before they can sit in the front seat. Even dogs are supposed to be buckled into the vehicle or chained in the back of a ute.
6. Indicating & Checking For Cars
If you are turning you need to indicate to let the people driving behind you know. That way if they need to, they can slow down. Use your mirrors to look behind you and check your side also turn your head to look in blind spots that way you can emerge safely into the other lane without taking out another car.
No matter how slow traffic is travelling in town or on a highway, you should never travel right behind another car. There should be at least two seconds of following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If there is less, you wont be able to stop in time if the car in front of you slams on their brakes.
8. Be Alert & Keep A Look Out
When you are driving a long distance and your by yourself, it is easy to get into a daze and stare at the back of the vehicle in front of you. Keep your eyes moving and looking in your mirrors. This way there is a more likely chance of spotting a potentially dangerous situation before it happens.
Dim your lights when you are driving at night as they can blind another driver.
10. Avoid Distractions
When you are driving. Phones should not be used. If you are needing to take an important call/text or make one it is safer and smarter to pull over first.