Are you guilty of going into a daze while driving, or what about multi-tasking behind the wheel? It has emerged that most accidents are caused due to a lack of drivers paying attention. We have compiled three of the most common causes of road accidents, and what you can do to prevent them.
Failure to look Drivers failing to look properly is the most common cause of UK road accidents. This can be the result of driver distraction, tiredness, or even a lack of familiarity with the route. Tip! Stay alert while in the car – if you begin to feel tired or distracted, take a break and do not drive again until you become more focused.
Misjudgement of another road user’s path and/or speed Some road users will rush when attempting to pull out of a busy junction, or roundabout due to an incorrect assumption about the manoeuvre another road user is going to make. Tip! Don’t rush – wait until there is a safe gap between you and oncoming vehicles. All decisions made on the road should be informed and calculated.
Careless, reckless or aggressive driving Tailgating is a form of dangerous driving – and a leading cause of road accidents. Tip! Slow down and be a cautious road user, try to increase the distance between you and the car in front.
Driving tips to help prevent an accident By following our below driving tips, you will be more alert and aware of your driving surroundings:
Leave a two-second gap between yourself and the car in front
Never drink and drive
Wear your seatbelt
Stick to the speed limits
Don’t drive when you feel tired
Do not use your phone or engage in other activities which will distract your attention from the road