The truth is that, especially in Greece, we lack a lot of discipline at the wheel. Most of the tourists who come to our country are very impressed by the way we drive, both in the main streets of Athens and in the provincial cities. In any case, especially now that some of us are out on the streets again after a while, we need to be very careful and not rest.
In today's article you will read the 6 + 1 Golden rules that you should never, in order to drive safely under any circumstances, to avoid car accidents, and not to endanger your life and the lives of others. other people. So read carefully.
1. Discipline at the Steering Wheel and Seat Belt Always Go Together
The first thing one should definitely do when driving is to wear a seat belt. Many times, the driver or co-drivers neglect to wear a seat belt, especially when traveling short distances. However, the reality is that many people have survived accidents because they wore seat belts and many have lost their lives because they did not choose to wear seat belts.
Therefore, whether it is short distances or we are sitting in the back seats, the seat belt is necessary in order to be safe. Let us not neglect it and let us discipline ourselves in this very simple but vital rule.
2. We respect the Speed Limits and we do not exceed them
It is also very important not to exceed the allowed speed limits. We do not need to develop too much speed, but neither should we go too slow (Excessive Speed: When It "Saves" Lives and When It Becomes Dangerous).
An average solution is always ideal.
There are times when the driver drives too slow compared to the speed limit, and this can again lead to road accidents. Thus, it is important to develop a speed that does not exceed the limit, but it is not too low. In this way we facilitate the rest of the vehicles to move safely on the road.
3. Discipline at the helm: We say no to Alcohol
Discipline at the wheel is very important if we want to stay safe. And one of the most important rules when driving is not to consume alcohol.
Alcohol reduces our reflexes to a great extent, whether we realize it or not (5 Truths about alcohol consumption that will make you think again before you drive).
Alcohol consumption can lead to either very sudden and abrupt movements in order to avoid something, or to get involved in a car accident because we are slow to react. It all always starts with a glass, but usually one becomes two and goes on to say… Therefore, we say no to alcohol to drive safely.
4. We Have Our Eyes Open for Scooters and Pedestrians
"Invisible" pedestrians can become very dangerous when driving. The same goes for two-wheelers. In many cases we focus our attention on a traffic light or the other vehicles in front of us, and we do not see pedestrians and two-wheelers that can then literally "appear" out of nowhere. (Find out now why pedestrians are the "most vulnerable victim" on the road in Greece). This of course is always very likely to cause an accident, which can be fatal.
In other cases, especially with regard to scooters, they may be in "blind" corners that we can not see in our mirrors (Learn how to watch out of motorcycles on Greek roads). That is why it is very important to be careful, especially when driving in the city.
5. Discipline at the helm: We do not drive under the influence of drugs
Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to steering discipline is that we do not drive under the influence of drugs. This is because many drugs either cause drowsiness or reduce our reflexes.
So when driving we should be sure that if we have taken some drugs, they do not bring drowsiness and do not make us slower to drive (12 Categories of drugs you don't want to know how much they can affect your driving ability). Unfortunately, many accidents occur due to the consumption of drugs that are not conducive to driving. So, we carefully control what medications we take in order to stay safe on the road.
6. We always drive Rested
It is very important to be relaxed when driving, especially when we are going to travel long distances. Sleep plays a huge role in making our brain work to the fullest and being able to function properly under any circumstances.
If we are going through a period when we feel constantly tired, or if we have spent the night, it would be good not to drive. Even more imperative is the need to leave the wheel to someone else when we have to travel long distances. There are several cases of drivers who literally fall asleep at the wheel, and this of course can be fatal. So, we always make sure that we have slept well and with quality before driving.
7. We always make safe overtaking
Finally, it is very important to know that overtaking while driving must be done safely because in many cases, this results in serious road accidents, some of which are fatal. (Are You Sure You Know How To Overtake Safely?).
Overall, discipline at the wheel is a must-have for any conscientious driver. We do not need to get away and drive carelessly, considering that, due to experience, we are definitely protected. All drivers must follow the above seven rules in order to be sure that we will remain safe.