Accidents commonly rise during the festive season given increased traffic around central shopping areas and alcohol-related accidents following parties and gatherings
Here are some quick tips for you to consider:
- Do not drink and drive. Eitherappoint a designated driver for parties or gatherings or sleep over at your host’s place if you are too drunk to drive home. You might think you’re not that drunk, but alcohol also reduces your reaction time.
- Service your car ahead of celebrations if you haven’t done so within the last six months. Accidents can be easily averted if your car’s systems are functioning properly.
- Take regular breaks from driving. Being on the road for long periods of time can increase your risk of causing an accident. Switch seats with your valid-licensed partner if you need to. If you feel a sudden bout of drowsiness while driving, pull over to rest or call someone to pick you up.
- Do not exceed the speed limit. Your ability to brake on time depends on the speed you are travelling. Drunk pedestrians and inattentive children are using the road, too. If you have to go over the driving limit to overtake someone, then you didn’t need to overtake anyone in the first place.
- Respect road etiquette. Dim your lights and stay in your lane. Do not impair the ability of others to drive safely on the road. Should you hear a siren, move aside for emergency vehicles to pass.
- Stay alert and focused. Your hands and eyes should be free from distractions. Don’t text and drive and definitely do not start an argument while you’re driving.
- Seat belt on, please. Not only should you and the front passenger be in seat belts, but all occupants in the car should wear one, too, especially infants and toddlers. For the seat belt averse in your circle, refuse to start the car if everyone hasn’t buckled up.
- Know your emergency numbers. Dial 151 for an ambulance and 999 for police/fire department.
- Ensure your driving license is up-to-date and on your person when driving. Police checks are more frequent during this period and a valid license is essential for insurance claims.
- Renew your Motor Insurance on time. Claims will not be covered for accidents if your insurance has expired. A Third Party Insurance will cover damage to the other car, a Full Comprehensive Insurance will cover damage to your car as well.