The dangers while driving in the days of Lockdown are already many, and we should be more careful when the measures are completely lifted and in particular the restrictions on travel from Prefecture to Prefecture and from Region to Region.
According to the official data of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (Traffic Accidents Section), From November 2020 to January 2021, on the one hand, traffic accidents may have decreased by 25%, but on the other hand, fatal road accidents have shown only a small decrease of about 20% compared to the 2019 data. Therefore, in any case, the percentage of fatal road accidents during the current Lockdown can not leave any of us unmoved and we must all try to give our best!
Being careful on the roads is especially important. But what if when Lockdown is removed there are more things that can put us at risk when we drive that we have not thought about and calculated?
So there are many dangers, either on the inside of the car or on the road.
Find out here how many fatal road accidents were recorded in the first Lockdown in Spring 2020 ( See how much the first Lockdown in Greece affected driving.).
The issue here, of course, is not to be intimidated or afraid, but to learn to protect ourselves from any situation at any time.
In today's article you will discover the dangers of driving which you should keep in mind from now on every day and especially as soon as travel throughout Greece is allowed again.
The most common driving hazards after the end of Lockdown
In 2019 we had at least 10.800 serious traffic accidents in Greece with at least 700 dead! This is because each of us needs to improve our driving education and consequently our driving behavior!
Let's look at the most common driving hazards, especially after the end of Lockdown, and of course how to avoid them:
1. Excessive speed
2. Violation of priority
4. Driving under the influence of alcohol
5. Violation of a red light
6. Irregular overtaking
7. Traffic in the opposite direction of traffic
For the above reasons we must be armed with patience and constant vigilance, and of course have our attention focused on driving.
Below you can read when speeding saves lives and when it becomes dangerous ( There are many truths about speeding and they are not always what we think we know.).
Dangers of night driving after the end of Lockdown
Night traffic accidents have statistically the highest number of injuries and deaths. This is despite the fact that at night there are statistically far fewer vehicles than during the day. The dangers of driving are many even when there is light and it is day, especially when it is dark.
Let us know below about the most serious dangers when driving at night and how we can avoid them:
1. Reduced Visibility
Reduced visibility plays a major role in overnight traffic accidents.
As the amount of light decreases, the dangers of driving increase, as we can not see with the same comfort the rest of the cars, pedestrians or animals, especially if we drive on roads that are little or not at all, something that we encounter more often on country roads. ( See here which Serious Dangers lurk in the Provincial Roads).
2. Speed Limits
It is very important to keep the speed limits either during the day or at night, but especially during the night, it is considered an urgent need to drive within reasonable limits and not to exceed the speed limits of each road.
When daylight falls, our reflexes are slower and we may have difficulty seeing a pedestrian or an animal that suddenly "flies" in front of us.
Many drivers, during night driving, defy the speed limits, as there are fewer cars on the roads and feel more comfortable driving at increased speeds. But this is a big mistake, as the dangers in driving are already many, and with this behavior they increase sharply.
3. Alcohol use
The dangers of driving increase at night, as mentioned above, anyway. However, alcohol use is definitely something that makes things even worse. Alcohol "dulls" the mind and makes us slower to drive. It reduces our reflexes and often brings us extra drowsiness, making driving at night even more dangerous.
What you may not have known is that alcohol use, combined with priority violation and speeding, are the three leading causes of road accidents worldwide.
In addition, you should know that the Penal Code has changed and the penalties have become very strict in case you are involved in a car accident with a fatal effect under the influence of alcohol.
Learn Now 5 Alcohol Drinking Tips That Will Make You Think Before You Drive (Alcohol and driving see here what you can do).
4. Increased Fatigue and Drowsiness
Drowsiness and increased fatigue during night driving are two other major causes of increased accidents and mishaps when the sun shines. Fatigue during the day due to work or other factors definitely increases at night, making driving more dangerous.
In any case, the dangers of driving at night increase when we are very tired, and there are accidents that, due to the use of alcohol, have occurred because the drivers literally fell asleep at the wheel.
5. Some different risks to keep in mind
Overall, after the end of the Lockdown the dangers in driving will be many, and especially at night we must be very careful.
In addition to the four risks mentioned above, we must take into account other risks involved, such as '' very dirty windshield '', which can reduce visibility by at least 70%, incorrectly adjusted lights that can reduce the car's beam by up to 50%, and wipers in the event of rain, which should work properly.
I would like to improve our driving behavior together and that is why I remind you of the triptych of survival:
• ALWAYS wear a seat belt or protective helmet.
• We NEVER drive DRUNK for the good of ourselves and others.
• RESPECT the speed limits and do not make illegal overtaking.
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