Road Safety in a Nutshell

You’ve heard, seen, and read hundreds of advices on road safety, car safety, driving safety, and all kinds of safety tips regarding cars. To simplify all these safety tips, all you need is just five words plus common sense to remember all the safety tips. Actually, these are the five general categories that drivers should consider when looking at car safety.

Part of the World Health Organization's "Road Marks" campaign, this poster says: Wearing a seat-belt reduces the risk of being ejected from a vehicle and suffering serious or fatal injury by between 40%-65%. Be a part of the solution: wear a seat-belt.


There are more accidents that happen on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday than on the other days of the week. Obviously, the common sense in there is that people tend to travel more on weekends. You’re also more prone to accidents from 6pm to 6am – for obvious reasons as well. No matter how good of a driver you are, the night is your enemy and darkness will give a disadvantage to most drivers. Moreover, even if you’re a very good driver, when the other drivers on the road are bad at night you’re no less prone to accident than the others on the road. Accidents peak at around 12mn to 6am too. Consider that there are more drunk drivers by that time than any other time of the day.


More people also travel on holidays. The more cars there are on the road, the higher your chance of meeting an accident. If it’s a long weekend, you might want to be extra vigilant during the start of the holiday and the end of the holiday as you should expect more cars during that time.


There are more accidents that happen on roads with holes or bumps than an unpaved road. Just because it’s a national highway or a regularly-used road doesn’t mean it’s a safer road than the one less travelled.


Just because it’s a clear weather doesn’t mean that you’re less likely to meet an accident than on a rainy weather. In fact, in some places, there are more accidents that happen on a sunny day than on a rainy day. The rainy weather actually gives a higher chance of preventing accidents from over-speeding because cars tend to travel at a slower pace.


The highway or the expressway may have surveillance cameras and police monitoring the speed of cars at different points on the road but that doesn’t mean it’s less accident-prone than the main street of the city. Remember, just because there’s a police in sight, it doesn’t mean that everyone will obey the traffic rules.

Always be vigilant and stay safe when driving!

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