The Roads Would be Safer if We All Drove Defensively

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Bad drivers are the cause of most accidents that occur on roadways. The main problem with this, is the majority of people hurt are not the ones causing the car wrecks. Regardless if you like it or not, whenever you get behind the wheel of your car, you should be prepared to be a defensive driver. The one sensible way to drive, is to keep alert, and watch the other drivers, predicting what they might do.

When you’re driving, there are lots of things you can do to be prepared for the unexpected. The top thing to do is to be watchful. When you are navigating a car, you don’t need to be talking to other passengers or someone on your mobile phone or even looking at things by the side of the road. The key reason for driving is actually to go from one place to another place, safely. Whatever can result in a distraction, such as car radios, cell phones, laying on makeup, and other passengers, are all different ways that can cause an accident.

Although chatting on a cellular phone while driving is forbidden in many places around the world, that has not stopped people from doing so. Driving with a single hand, while using the cell phone in the other, is usually a problem because the conversation is usually distracting. Before you know it, you’re going to be so caught up in your communication that you will be totally unaware of driving conditions. In the event you need to move quickly in order to avoid hitting something, your reaction time may be extremely slow if you’re concentrating on something other than your driving. There is no way to predict when driving conditions may suddenly change so you need to be ever vigilant.

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If you want something to highlight the dangers of not concentrating and other driving videos, check out the UK public safety ones.  Some of these are very dramatic and make you think about how you drive.   They are not always accessible outside the UK but if you use an IP anonymizer – here, then you can watch them.

You ought to pay attention because you can never predict when you may come up on a pothole or something else in the road. A good number of highways are generally safe to drive on, but harmful things can get on the road, like stuff falling off a garbage truck, or a construction vehicle, and also many places rocks can roll down onto the road. Things like this make accidents possible whenever you least expect them. Should the driver abruptly runs into some unexpected debris in the road, he will probably obtain some harm to his car particularly if he is driving at high speeds. Yet, conditions could possibly be dangerous enough that you could collide with another vehicle or maybe roll your own vehicle. Little doubt it is possible to recall more than one time when you needed to suddenly veer to one side so you wouldn’t drive across something in the road, and how much worse might this have been if your attention had been diverted?

If there’s a probability of animals or pedestrians being in the vicinity, it is especially important that you pay attention to what’s going on around you. A defensive driver will be on the alert for them at all times. It will be a pity if you injured someone with your careless, inattentive driving when they were doing nothing wrong.

 

James Hutchings writes online about Technology, Cars and Safety Issues.

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Sussex Safety Events for Kids

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It’s great to see safety events which are targeted specifically at children, especially the younger generation.  More than 1000 young children of primary school age will get the chance to enjoy a ‘hands on’ safety and learning event this month.  The event is called Safety in Action and is designed to use active learning methods in order to allow children to assess and experience risk in some hopefully interesting and fun scenarios.   This very successful event is now in it’s 23rd year.

The principle is well established, allow children to learn through a series of supervised events rather than classroom based traditional lessons.  This does of course require dedicated and specialized venues but these can be set up relatively simply with the right sort of funding.  It will hopefully allow many 10-11 year old children to learn by experience about safety.

One of the advantages in arranging these dedicated events is that they can cover many more areas than traditional methods.  There’s a wide array of scenarios based upon hazards that children may encounter in their lives.  Sussex Police will be running some scenarios based on road and personal safety – these are especially  important to this age range.  Research has suggested that these lessons are reinforced and more effective when delivered by people in authority such as the police.

Other scenarios are from the Ambulance service who will cover some basic lessons on dealing with a casualty.  East Sussex Fire and Rescue will cover some scenarios such as reporting a fire, arson and some lessons on electrical safety.   Southern railway networks run a very important scenario called rucksack on the railway line which most children find very interesting.  The Lifeboat service will run some water safety scenarios and there will also be representatives from the NHS.  These will include NHS nurses who will talk about alcohol safety to the children.

Most of the event will take place in the month of June as normal, but there will be some carry over to school based follow up events as well.  This web site hopes that the event will continue for many more years as it’s just the sort of initiative which makes a real positive difference in a host of safety areas.   There’s more information on their web site and it’s also worth mentioning the kids safety advice you can find on the BBC kids section.  Although you still need a UK based IP address in order to access the majority of the broadcasts, you can access the rest of the website.

Jenny Handson

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