On July 25 we celebrate Driver’s Day. Thinking about it, we brought a list with some precautions in traffic that should be taken to prevent accidents.
Every day, stress and bad driving practices cause traffic accidents across the country. Many of the following tips you probably already know and apply in your daily life, however, we think it is important to reinforce them in order to spread more and more the main cares in traffic in order to avoid accidents.
1. Give preference
The first and perhaps main tip to remember is: kindness generates kindness. When it comes to bottling, remember that the vast majority of drivers around you are in the same hurry as you are. So, instead of competing for the first place in an endless row of cars, simply give preference. Someone will probably do the same for you later.
2. Do not use the cell phone
According to the NHTSA (National Road Safety Administration), the use of cell phones while driving increases the risk of accidents by up to 400%. Voice calls, social networks or digital games are some of the distractions that some drivers insist on using while driving.
The Brazilian Traffic Code allows the use of the device only when the vehicle is parked, with the engine off, or in the GPS function, as long as it is attached to the windshield or the front panel, in an appropriate support. Therefore, the rule is clear: cell phone and direction of not match.
3. Be careful of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles
The order is that the larger vehicles are responsible for the safety of the smaller ones, while all taking care of pedestrians. In addition to being attentive to driving, the driver must also have constant attention to other vehicles, in addition to cyclists and pedestrians. Motor vehicles must respect the distance of 1.50 m (one and a half meters) when overtaking cyclists.
Bicycles are also vehicles and must follow rules, including respecting the pedestrian, who always has the preference. Cyclists should be very careful with exits from garages, holes, culverts, descents, curves, wet tracks and intersections. And, whenever possible, they should cycle on bicycle paths or shoulders.
Pedestrians, in turn, must also respect some rules and take proper care in traffic. You should always cross the track or on catwalks (when you do not have these options, give the sign of life – stop on the sidewalk and extend your arm – before crossing), look sideways before crossing, wait for vehicles to be stopped to be able to cross and never to cross without being sure that it was seen by the drivers. When getting off the bus, they must wait for it to get out so they can cross – so the vehicle will not cover the field of view of other drivers, who will see the pedestrian properly. At intersections, the streets must be crossed one at a time, never diagonally.It is also important to remember to do the crossings always calmly, never running, to avoid falls and, consequently, being run over.
4. Drink x Direction
Research shows that about 22% of drivers, 21% of pedestrians and 17% of passengers involved in traffic accidents showed signs of drunkenness or confirmed alcohol consumption.
The tolerance is zero for that topic. So it is useless to say that it was just a can. Alcoholic beverages reduce reflexes and attention and this can cause serious problems while driving.
5. Safety equipment
Always use the seat belt! In the event of a car collision, the belt does not allow people inside the vehicle to be thrown out or hit their heads inside the car. This reduces both the severity of accidents and the occurrence of injuries.
Mandatory helmet use for motorcyclists has been a law in the country since the edition of the Brazilian Traffic Code of 1997. Studies show that the correct use of the helmet reduces the risk of death in traffic by up to 40% and the chances of up to 70% serious head injuries.
For cyclists, equipment such as a helmet, goggles or visor, elbow pads, knee pads and appropriate clothing make cycling safer.
6. Up-to-date maintenance
Periodically check and always check the water and oil levels, the condition of the tires, lights, pedals and electrical system. The preventive maintenance of the main items of the vehicle, such as brake, oil level and shock absorber, must be done every 10,000 kilometers traveled or every six months.
If you notice something wrong with the car, park at a gas station or safe place and call a trailer, don’t insist on riding with the bad vehicle. This helps to ensure traffic safety as it avoids problems such as mechanical failures – which can cause serious accidents.
In addition to mechanical maintenance, it is also important that you keep your car clean. Clean glass and rear view mirrors for easy viewing, vacuumed car and organized interior are also essential for good driving.
For glasses, you can use a microfiber cloth for cleaning, since its material does not scratch and does not release lint. To dry the car body after washing, the ideal is a multisec cloth – high absorption material made of PVC. You can also choose to use a microfiber glove to remove dust from the vehicle.
8. Follow traffic rules
Many traffic accidents and deaths happen because of drivers who still do not obey simple rules. Always remember the main precautions in traffic such as: respecting speed limits, not driving your vehicle tired or sleepy, using the arrow, taking care at intersections and always making sure that there is enough fuel for your trip.
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