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Road Safety

With a number of car crashes, road safety is a very important issue. In fact, it can literally be a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, many people do not drive safely even if following appropriate road safety measures is quite easy. There are many available resources to learn about safety on the roads, and a lot of it is just common sense. First off, following speed limits is a must. Not following the speed limit can result into much more than just a ticket. It can result in you having an accident. It is more difficult to control a car that is moving at an exceptionally high speed.

Crashes that happen at high speeds are more likely to result in serious injuries or death than crashes at lower speeds. Another important thing is to not follow another car too closely. You should keep 10 feet of distance between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour in speed. That means that if you are traveling at 50 miles per hour, you need to keep 50 feet off distance between you and the car in front of you. Unfortunately, many people “tailgate” or drive much closer to the car in front of them. If the car in front of you has to hit the brake, this can result in an accident. Also, “tailgating” large vehicles, such as tractor trailers can be very dangerous.

These types of vehicles cannot even see cars behind them that follow closely. There is a large blind spot in the driver’s view for these types of vehicles. Another important tip for road safety advice is to follow all road signs. Road signs provide a wide range of information. For instance, there are commonly “recommended speeds” posted preceding a sharp turn. Not following these “recommended speed” signs can result in you running off the road. Even if a speed limit on a road is high (let’s just say 55), a hairpin turn could have a “recommended speed” of 20, or even less.

Traveling at the full 55 miles per hour around the hairpin turn is likely to send you sailing into the bushes. There are other important signs to obey, such as always making full stops at stop signs. Finally, an extremely important bit of road safety advice is to never drive under the influence of alcohol, or any other mind-altering substance. Doing so is likely to decrease reaction time, concentration, and could even lead to erratic, reckless behavior on the roads. Even being “buzzed” while driving is dangerous, and could result in an accident. If you are interested in learning more about road safety, check out the advice on the site for your state’s DMV. Be sure to follow any advice given on this site Of course, always obey traffic laws as they are intended for public safety.