The sad fact is, Malaysia has the third highest fatality rate from road traffic accidents in Asia and ASEAN, behind Thailand and Vietnam.
The fatality rates of Malaysia has not changed at all since 2007. Some of the reasons for road traffic accidents include rapid urbanization, poor safety standards, lack of enforcement, people driving distracted or fatigued, influence of psychoactive drugs and alcohol, speeding, and failure to wear seat belts or helmets.
We might not be able to control how other drivers drive, but improving your very own driving can help significantly reduce your chance of getting involved in a car accident.
Here are 5 safe driving tips that you need to know:
1. Planning beforehand
It is so important that we plan our trips before driving out. Especially for those of you, who don’t use GPS or don’t have access to one, planning your trip beforehand is vital to ensuring that you don’t get lost or panic along the way. This also applies to ensure that your phone is fully charged for the journey if you’re using the GPS.
2. Always Be Alert
Staying alert and attentive ensures that you can react in time to make hasty decision to avoid accidents on the road. In the scenario, the driver in front of you steps on his brakes abruptly, if you are under the influence of sleeping pills, alcohol or drugs your reaction will be hindered. Hence, hitting the car in front of you. Ensure that you are not under the influence of alcohol when you drive and that you have gotten ample sleep before your journey.
3. Always brake early
Ever heard of the 2-second rule? The rule is that a driver should ideally stay at least two seconds behind any vehicle that is directly in front of his or her vehicle. This is to ensure that you can break-in time in the case of any mishaps such as slippery floors. This would also give cars behind you more of a heads up that you are slowing down when they see your brake lights.
4. Avoid road raging
I believe as Malaysians, we can all agree that we’ve road rage at least once in our lives. Sometimes it might be difficult to stay calm, but try your best to lower your ego and take a deep breath and let it slide. Drivers with insurmountable anger would easily lash out on other drivers by provoking them. Hence, increasing the chance of an accident
5. Avoid getting distracted
Distractions would probably be one of the main causes of collisions on the road. When we delve into the topic of distraction, it doesn’t just involve not using our phones but also other distractions like loud music, notifications, or even your emotions! Always ensure that you are not texting when driving and that your emotions don’t get the better of you and affect your driving.
What other tips for safe driving do you know of? Let us know in the comment section below!
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