Preventing accidents: an easy guide

AccidentAn accident is just that. No one plans for it to happen, and often times it is beyond our control. Find out what you can do as a driver to help reduce the probability of getting into an accident.

Keep your eyes on the road at all times…
…Especially where you know there are schools, bus stops and zebra crossings. Children (and animals!) have been known to dash across the road. Some pedestrians cross the road behind a bus. Be vigilant and slow down around these areas when possible.

Go in for regular maintenance
Faulty batteries, broken indicators, flat tires… They’re all causes for accidents. Regular checks will ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive at all times.

Do not tailgate!
Always keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you; this will help ensure you have sufficient time to slam on the brakes. Some people tailgate because they are late, so leaving early to avoid being in a rush is always a good idea.

Keep your hands on the steering wheel
This goes without saying, but you may be surprised at how many people are distracted when driving! Try to lessen in-car distractions. This can be anything from changing the music station, taking a call, eating with one hand and driving with the other… You cannot predict if you’ll hit a pothole or pop a tire or have to swerve to avoid a collision, so it is always a good idea to have both hands on the wheel.

Do not speed
As a driver, you know the recommended speed around Seychelles. If unsure, stay alert for road signs as you drive. Drive reasonably in busy areas (town), residential areas and school zones. Do not go over the legal speed limit – your actions may result in fatal accidents. Do not street race – not only is it illegal, but also very dangerous for other road users. Also, overtake only when necessary and when it is safe to do so.

Most of all, do not drive under the influence
Just don’t do it. Whether it be alcohol, medication or any other substance, your judgement may likely be impaired. If not for yourself, then don’t do it for your passengers, the people you love and also for other road users – people who are just going about their day. We shouldn’t have to tell you how devastating accidents can be for all those involved.

Stay safe and drive carefully!!

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