Driving with caution is very important for the safety of the driver, its passengers and pedestrians and attention when driving is essential, in addition to avoiding many accidents.
Here are a few useful tips on how to survive a car crash.
Do PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE Of YOUR CAR
Many accidents are caused by a lack of maintenance on the vehicle. Bald tires, for example, leave the stability of the car impaired, so always do the preventive maintenance of your cars such as checking the headlights, pedals, warning lights and the electrical system. Make sure the car is in good condition before you leave.
RESPECT TRAFFIC LAWS
Traffic laws exist precisely to prevent accidents and provide safety to drivers and pedestrians. For this reason, they must be followed strictly, never be overlooked or forgotten. For example, do not forget to always wear your seat belt. It is mandatory and saves many lives. Pay attention to the road signs, respecting the speed limits, the pedestrian crossing and other vehicles.
Also, if you do not follow the traffic laws in the UAE, be ready to pay the hefty fines along with black points.
Follow SPEED LIMITS
Speed limits are designed to be respected. According to the UAE Traffic Laws, drivers who exceed the speed limit by 80kmph will be penalised with AED 3,000 fine, 23 black points and vehicle impound for 60 days.
In case of rain, both motorists and bike riders must slow down their speed. During rain, the friction of the tires with the ground reduces; and, you can easily lose control when you apply the brake or take a sharp turn. There is also the risk of aquaplaning, which can cause skidding and even overturning. Read more about what precautions you must take while driving in bad weather.
MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCE
In the UAE, a fog car crash can cause fatal accidents, so be sure to reduce speed and increase the distance between your car and the one in front. Always use the low beam and keep an eye on the lane.
As per the Road Safety UAE, always maintain a safe distance of 56 meters when you are driving at 100km/h speed. This distance rule is valid under normal weather and road conditions. According to the Abu Dhabi Police, the following car should maintain the two-second distance so that you can apply the brake at the time of emergency. Those who violate the law will pay AED 400 fine and 4 black points as the penalty.
BE ABLE TO DRIVE
Many accidents happen because drivers were not in a good physical or mental condition to drive. Tiredness, for instance, can be fatal, so it must be avoided at all costs. Get some sleep and rest before hitting the road, always remembering that it is not worth it when you are tired or sleepy.
And of course: do not take the vehicle if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you drink do not drive, because driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause your licence suspension for one year.
CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST
Whenever possible, check the weather forecast so you do not get caught off guard. We know how easy it is to drive on a sunny day, but the rains and fog severely impair the vision of drivers, and can, yes, cause several accidents.
On rainy days you should double your attention, always walking cautiously and with reduced speed so that the car does not skid on the track or collide with another vehicle.
DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING
Many drivers divide their attention between driving and texting, which is the cause of many accidents. If you need to use your cell phone to answer a message or answer a call, stop the vehicle in an appropriate place and then pick up your phone.
Also, the use of a cell phone while driving is prohibited by the UAE traffic law and may face a fine of AED 400 fine and four black points.
ADJUST THE MIRRORS CORRECTLY AND MAINTAIN GOOD POSTURE
Maintaining good posture when driving is essential so that you have the maximum outside view from the vehicle. Besides, when your position is incorrect, you collapse easily, reducing your ability to respond to emergencies.
Find the ideal posture and adjust the vehicle’s rear-view mirrors. It is essential to minimise blind spots as much as possible. Furthermore, do not try to change lanes, if you cannot see a motorcyclist, it can cause a collision and seriously injure another driver.
If you are wondering how to survive a car crash as a passenger then, you must make sure that you have a seatbelt on. Also, do not try to distract the driver with loud music, eating food and putting up your feet on the dashboard.
Following our tips that can guide you about how to survive a car crash. With the help of this, we are sure that you will avoid traffic accidents and travel safely with your family.
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