Although the Easter holidays are typically a time for family, friends and relaxation, statistics show that it is also a dangerous time to be on the road. Nothing can ruin the holiday season quite like an unexpected car accident. At Kakulas Legal Injury Lawyers we have put together some suggestions to help you avoid a car accident these holidays.
1. Car Inspection
Before you head out on a long trip perform an inspection on your car. Check tyre pressure and wear, make sure lights, windscreen wipers and brakes are all working well.
2. Give yourself time.
Plan your trip so that you have plenty of time to get to your destination. There’s no need to rush. Rushing negatively impacts our judgment as we tend to make hasty decisions.
3. Rest Before Driving
If going on a long trip rest before driving. Don’t stay up late the night before. Drowsy driving is dangerous. If you are feeling tired pull over into a safe area and take a break.
4. Drive during daytime hours.
Travelling at night increases the risk of a car accident. There may be animals such as kangaroos (especially in rural areas), a greater number of drunk drivers and it will generally be more difficult to see and be alert.
5. Keep left unless overtaking. Avoid the right lane.
Typically drivers wanting to drive faster use the right lane.
6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do this and your judgment is impaired. Forget the double demerits! Do not be a statistic! Do not put the safety of other people at risk. Have a designated driver, take a taxi /uber, or stay overnight.
7. Avoid distractions.
Don’t use your phone to call or text. Don’t change CDs. Don’t fix your hair or makeup. Keep alert. The car is not a place for multi-tasking.
8. Drive defensively.
Be prepared for the unexpected and constantly scan the road ahead of you. Always be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the behaviours of other drivers. If a vehicle close to you is swerving stay well clear of it.
9. Leave yourself an out.
When the roads are busy, drivers tend to follow those in front of them more closely. If you follow too closely, you increase your chances of being involved in a rear ended accident – especially at high speeds. Try to leave a minimum of the 3 cars between you to allow for evasive measures if needed.
10. Follow Road Rules.
Make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. Follow speed limits and other rules such as stop signs or red lights.
Be smart. This is a season that should be about family and friends. We want to stress the importance of practicing safe driving skills to avoid accidents in the holidays. It is also essential to be aware of the increased possibility of accidents due to high volumes of traffic and tired or intoxicated drivers so drive cautiously and follow all road rules. From everyone at Kakulas Legal Injury Lawyers we wish you a safe and happy Easter.
We hope you don’t need us, but if you or a loved one has been injured in a road accident, help is available. You can contact Peter Kakulas on 0405 126 732 or call our office on (08) 9325 4799 or email us at email@example.com.