When it comes to driving, you need to be as safe as possible. So what are Britain’s worst driving habits and how can you avoid them to stay safe on the road?
Let’s take 2012, the last year from which records are available. Did you know that 1,754 people died in road accidents in this country alone in 2012? That’s one person every five minutes. Did you know that in 2012 another 23,039 were seriously injured and 170,930 were slightly injured.
This means that in total 195,723 people were harmed in car accidents in 2012. From this, at Acklam Car Sales, we can see that it’s a lot more likely than you think to get into a car accident. So what are the most common accidents and how can you deal with them?
The most common by far has to be speeding; roughly 400 died from speeding accidents in 2012. In Britain it can be tempting to speed; people do it all the time on motorways, so much so that the unofficial speed limit on the M1 is 100mph.
This doesn’t mean you should do that; always stick to the speed limit. As well as the higher likelihood of accidents when you’re going faster than everybody else, there’s also the fact that it’s so easy to get caught on a hidden camera and get slapped with a hefty fine.
Now we have to turn our attention to drink driving. Drinking is pretty much a national past time here in the UK, but despite what people think, there’s a reason we have drink driving limits. Roughly 280 people a year die due to drink driving. If you can, don’t drink and drive. If you absolutely have to drink, to be safe, never have more than one.
Another common issue drivers have here in the UK is not making sure that everybody in the car is wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts can be difficult and restrictive, but they’re there specifically to stop accidents. Around 200 lives per year are lost simply because people choose to forgo seatbelts. If you are the driver, insist everybody wears one.
Then there are mobile phones. So many people talk on a mobile phone whilst driving and it stops you paying attention to what you are doing. You always need to pay attention when you’re driving; take your eyes off the road for even a second and you could miss something vital. Always turn your phone off when you’re getting ready to drive.
When it comes to driving, the UK has some pretty bad habits. However, most of these merely boil down to an inability to use common sense and to follow the rules; rules that are there for your protection. This really is one case where you should never bend the rules.