How to drive more safely on the road?

A man driving at a very high speed.

Cars that are more safely constructed could reduce the casualty figures, but more than this is needed. The principal cause for highway accidents is not the cars but the people who drive them.

What else can be expected but accidents when several million drivers are indifferent to the safety and rights of others on the highway?

What else can be expected but collisions when large numbers of drivers are not alert to the danger of high speed and of possibly dangerous situations?

What else can be expected but tragedy when so many drivers exercise poor judgment and seem to be oblivious to the fact that there are other cars on the road beside their own? 

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Good sense should tell a driver, for example, that tailgating is foolhardy, that it is putting him into a dangerous situation with no allowance for a way out.

A sudden stop by the car in front can send him smashing into its rear. Think of the, injuries that could be avoided if more drivers would be conscious of this danger and drove in a manner so as to avoid it.

All they need to do is leave enough space ahead to allow for a sudden stop, and this is just a car length for every ten per hour of speed. 

But too many of them think they will get to their destination faster by closing up this safety gap. Actually, they increase their chances of never getting there.

Anticipating dangers and taking actions to avoid them is known as defensive driving and is the way to avoid contributing to the highway tragedy. 

It means that a driver will recognize dangerous driving patterns in other drivers and will take action to avoid possible trouble.

He will not take for granted that another driver will do what is sensible and correct but will allow for the possibility that he will do what is foolhardy.

At the speeds modern cars travel, this is the only safe way to drive.

When approaching a blind cross street, for example, a driver who is driving defensively will assume that there is another car approaching this intersection and that it may not slow down or stop even if there is a stop sign there.

It can be a fatal mistake to trust in traffic regulations and signals to protect you from accidents. Too many drivers ignore them. 

Driving defensively may slow you down a bit so that you take a little longer to reach your destination, but your chances of getting there are much greater.

Are you a driver that is overconfident with your driving ability and imagine that nothing will happen to you on a highway?

Do you regard yourself as being above average in driving ability? Most drivers do.

Do you point to the fact that you never have had an accident as proof of your skill?

Eight out of ten drivers involved in fatal accidents could make the same claim. Overconfidence with motor vehicles is extremely dangerous.

Since the possibility of an accident is always present when you are in a motor vehicle, take what precautions you can to protect yourself. Use the seat belts in the car. 

They can increase your chance of avoiding injury. No matter how long you have driven without an accident, a car is still a dangerous vehicle, especially because there are millions of other drivers on the road. 

So do not feel foolish about using seat belts even for a short trip to a nearby store.

Too often accidents occur because drivers fail to show common courtesy and consideration for others.

If the principle of neighbor love were exercised by more drivers, highway travel would be much safer than it is. 

But even though others do not exercise it, you can. If you become sleepy while driving, you show neighbor love by not endangering the lives of other drivers by continuing to drive.

The same is true if a driver has had alcoholic drinks.

Neighbor love is also shown by helping a passing car get in front of you by slowing down a bit. It is shown when you decide to pass a car by signaling your intentions and by choosing a stretch of highway where you can see far enough ahead, so that you can pass without any danger of smashing into an oncoming car. Driving by the principle of neighbor love can save your life as well as the lives of others."

With each year bringing higher casualty figures, there is good reason for every driver of a motor vehicle to be gravely concerned. 

Although auto manufacturers can lower the figures by making safer cars and government officials can reduce them by better traffic and licensing regulations, the chief responsibility rests upon you, the driver.

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