Road Safety was, is and will be the No. 1 that we should all keep in mind when driving.
It is well known that, especially lately and due to the fact that more and more people no longer use public transport to increase traffic on the roads and therefore legally road accidents have an increasing trend.
Beyond that, it is always very important to keep in mind the most common and effective ways to protect ourselves when driving.
Below is the octalogue of a driver's survival. Read carefully:
1. Road Safety: Safety Belt
Many times we forget or neglect to wear our seat belt, and this puts our lives in immediate danger. Even for short distances, the seat belt is our main weapon for road safety.
Both the driver and the co-driver and the passengers sitting in the back should wear it, as the seat belt really saves lives!
2. Abstinence from Alcohol
We are not only referring to the old days, when nightclubs were open, but also to the present conditions, in which we must abstain from alcohol before driving.
Even this reasoning that come on baby 2 beers gently and what happened affects our reflexes, and can endanger either our lives or the lives of other people in ways we can not even imagine (5 Truths about alcohol consumption that will make you think again before you drive).
3. Road Safety: We obey the Speed Limits
An important factor is always the speed limits in the city. However, we must be very careful not to exceed the speed limit on any road, even if it is empty.
Many drivers, when they see a road with few cars, think they are safe and increase speed. However, this can lead to mishandling and a car accident.
The appropriate speed limit in the city is 50 km / h and this is not accidental, it has been scientifically proven that if we hit low while our speed is e.g. 70 km / h, the chances of his fatal injury increase dramatically. So be careful!
In fact, the aim of the European Parliament is to significantly reduce road accidents by 2050 by setting a speed limit of 30 km / h for residential areas and no more tolerance for alcohol consumption. (European Parliament calls for 30km / h limit and zero tolerance for alcohol).
It is also very important to always keep a safe distance from the vehicles around us and practically not to "get stuck" in our front vehicle. In this way we ensure our own safety, as well as that of other road users.
4. We Drive Without Talking On The Mobile Phone
Many drivers, especially today when we have become one with technology, talk on their cell phones while driving. Naturally, this distracts them and can lead to a car accident.
Therefore, while driving, we stay away from our mobile phone, and even with headphones, there is a danger. In fact, for this reason, all modern cars are equipped with bluetooth so that in case of need, the driver's attention is not completely distracted on the road. (GPS: The Necessary Evil of Auto Navigation).
5. Road Safety: We Have Our Eyes Fourteen for Pedestrians
In Greece, our attention to pedestrians needs to be increased, because according to official statistics pedestrian traffic accidents are constantly increasing (Find out now why pedestrians are the "most vulnerable victim" on the road in Greece).
In particular, when passing near playgrounds, schools, stadiums, or beaches or even next to a bus that disembarks people we must be very careful and reduce speed.
In addition, we pay close attention to elderly pedestrians, who may cross a road at a reduced speed.
It requires great care when driving and concentration, in order to avoid accidents with pedestrians.
6. We rest in the Long Distances
The truth is that 2 out of 10 accidents on highways are caused by excessive fatigue. Therefore, we make sure not only to be relaxed, but especially, when we do long distances, to rest in between.
The ideal is 15 minutes of rest - rest every two hours. This will help us to keep our reflexes alert.
In fact, some modern cars are now equipped with technological systems that read the way a driver drives and inform him with an audible warning that he must stop for rest or coffee!
7. Road Safety: We Always Have Our Mind in Traffic
It is also very important to keep our eyes open and to monitor the traffic constantly.
This practically means that we often look at the right, left and center mirror of our vehicle while driving and do not rest on our way.
Also, we inform the other road users in time if we want to make a change of direction - course and most importantly, we always have our mind and attention on the bikes, as many times they can be in the "dead corners" (Learn how to watch out of motorcycles on Greek roads).
8. If We Are Pedestrians, We Pay Double Attention
In case we move on foot, we must be doubly careful. As pedestrians, we must also respect the rules of the road in order to be safe. We do not cross at a red light and we do not cross the road between stopped vehicles. It is very important to be careful, as many times passing vehicles may not be able to stop or avoid maneuvering, and this puts our lives in danger. (Avoiding a car accident with a pedestrian: The 7 good of his fate).
8 + 1. Road Safety: Toddlers Always in a Child Seat
Something that many parents neglect when it comes to road safety is to put their children in a special high chair - a safety seat. However, this is very dangerous, and that is why when we have children with us who are under 1.50 meters tall, we should definitely put them in this special seat, as their safety is at stake at all times.
Unforeseen dangers always lurk, and we must be very careful in any case, as no one can guarantee us safety on the road. The greatest responsibility is in our hands to be properly and fully prepared, in order to protect not only ourselves but also those around us.