Every 1km/h reduction = 2% reduction in average crashes.
Always set to high beams when driving in rural areas and on open highways. Dim them when you are within 60 meters behind a vehicle or within 150 meters of an oncoming vehicle to prevent blinding its driver. You too must avoid being blinded by the approaching headlights - do not stare at them directly, look toward the left edge of your lane until they have passed.
Hands-free does not mean distraction-free. Research shows the phone call itself is the main distraction and a hands-free set does not significantly lower the risk of an accident.
Did you know that new technology is posing a significant danger on our roads? 1 in 8 drivers (12%) has used the Internet, social media, or other mobile phone apps at the wheel, half of those on a regular basis.
Did you know that 3 in 10 (28%) don’t know how to check the brakes, while 1 in 5 (20%) doesn't know how to check tires? Having your brakes and tires in good order is essential for safety.
More than three-quarters (77%) of all road traffic accidents occur among men. Young males under the age of 25 years are almost 3 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than young females. We can prevent this by practicing safe driving habits. Guys and gals, let’s drive safely!
100,000 - that's the average number of people saved by seatbelts every year.
The only thing that should be speeding is your airbag. Deployed at speeds of up to 200mph in 0.2 seconds, the airbag provides protection between you and the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield.
A rear-end collision is the most common type of vehicular crash. Over 85% of rear-end collisions are caused by a combination of inattentive drivers and an insufficient following distance. Always stay focused on the road and keep a safe distance from the car ahead.
Keeping your child safe during a car ride is easy as ABC. Just put your child in a child safety seat. This can reduce the risk of fatality by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers aged 1 to 4 years.
You are 3 times more likely to get into an accident every time you change lanes. Always signal early, check your mirror and blind spot to change lane safely.
Helmets are estimated to reduce the likelihood of fatalities in a motorcycle crash by 37%. It may mess up your hair, but it can also save your life.
Text while you're driving and you're 20 times more likely to be involved in a crash. Now ask yourself this: Is that message worth it?
Motorcyclists suffer from the highest rate of accidents and casualties. Compared to car passengers, they are 35 times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident. Always ride with care and practise safe riding habits.
Even if your two-wheeler doesn't have an engine, you should still wear a helmet. Why? Cyclists made up 9% of all road user casualties.
Almost 24% of collisions due to inappropriate speed result in fatalities. So don't just watch the road. Watch your speed too.
Medical conditions contribute to 2% of all reported crashes, so it's important to stay healthy for a safe drive.
17% of road accidents on major trunk roads that result in injury or fatalities are sleep-related. Let this fact open your eyes to the danger of driving when you are tired.
The fatality rate for drivers and front seat passengers who do not buckle up is 85%. The odds are against you. Why take the risk? Fasten your seatbelt now.
Every time you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. If you're traveling at 55mph, that's equivalent to driving the entire length of a football field, blindfolded.
Even if you are alone in the car, you’re still responsible for more lives than you think. That’s because the safety of other road users are in your hands every time you’re behind the wheel.
Do you find seatbelts restrictive? You should because that’s their job. By restraining your movement, seatbelts reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities.
It takes a lot to get you drunk, so just one drink before driving should be OK, right? Actually, you don’t need to be drunk to be at risk of a drink-driving accident. Any amount of alcohol will impair your judgment and reaction time.
How great is the impact of a crash at 100km/h?
Answer: Equivalent to a free fall from a 13-storey building.
Ouch! So remember – DON’T SPEED!
Got a need for speed? Then you need to know this simple law of physics - the faster you go, the harder it is to stop. If you travel at 100km/h, you'll require 4 seconds, or roughly 150 meters, to come to a complete stop. That's one third the length of a 400-meter Olympic track.
Don't just look out for danger. Keep your ears open too. Don't let loud music in the car mask that crucial warning honk that could help you avoid a potential accident.
Can you recall how slow and heavy you felt after a very BIG meal? Your car feels the same way too! Exceeding its load limit will compromise the performance of your car's suspension, its steering response and tire compression friction.
Unless you have more than one pair of eyes on your head, you should always keep the pair you have firmly on the road. Taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can have fatal consequences.
Love your car and it will love you back by giving you peace of mind. Ensure your car is regularly inspected by a professional and don't postpone maintenance work such as a change of tires.
Your brain does an enormous amount of multi-tasking while you’re driving – navigating, judging distances, making decisions and reacting to road conditions. Stress, fatigue or drowsiness seriously impairs your brain’s ability to do all of that and increases the likelihood of an accident.
When the weather is bad, it's good to be extra cautious while driving. If the storm is really severe, take it as a sign from above to park your car and wait for it to pass.
If you can count to 3, you can maintain a safe distance from the car in front. Just let the car ahead pass a stationary object, then start counting. Your car should pass the same object after 3 seconds.
You don't have to drink alcohol to impair your judgment. Just stay awake for 24 hours. Your responsiveness will be similar to someone who's just over the drink-driving limit.
There's a very simple way to enhance the effectiveness of airbags by 15 times - WEAR YOUR SEATBELT.
Do not get an airbag in your face. Tilt your steering wheel downward to ensure the airbag is directed towards the center of your chest. It is also important to keep your hands out of the airbag's way during its deployment.
Always ensure your tires are properly inflated to keep their threads (or footprint) open. This enhances the tire grip on wet roads because the open threads channel more water out from underneath the tires. Properly inflated tires also enhance fuel efficiency and reduce your fuel cost.
Remember to disable your vehicle's cruise control when driving in the rain or on a wet road. That is because cruise control keeps your vehicle going at a constant speed, which can be dangerous when your tires lose traction on a wet surface. You could step on the brake to disable cruise control but your vehicle might go into an uncontrollable skid without anti-lock brakes.
Planning a road trip? Don't forget to get your vehicle's battery tested before you set off. This will help you avoid breakdowns while you're out exploring the world.
Children aged 12 and under should always ride in the rear because the explosive force used to deploy an airbag can be fatal to young children. For the same reason, a rear-facing car seat for infants and toddlers should not be placed in front of an airbag.
Give your child the safest spot in your vehicle - the center seat of the rear passenger bench, but only if it has a 3-point seatbelt and not a lap-only belt.