Driving is one of the most satisfying things people can do when trying to achieve a sense of freedom or independence. This activity allows citizens to move from one place to the other with complete flexibility and under a feeling of safety. However, drivers must not forget that South Africa has been known as one of the countries with the highest road incidents in the world. Although this is in its way for improving, there are some aspects that should be taken into account.
There are many reasons for a car accident to happen, moreover, sometimes they do not occur because of one single reason but because of the combination of some. Research shows that part of these causes are distractions on the road, recklessness on the part of drivers, like for example driving while drunk, speeding or driving without control, and also unthinkable explanations like weather conditions. There is an amount of things that can be done in order to prevent a car accident, some can be done by the government and some are up to each car owner. Either way, many times the cause of the accident is out of our control and when we are part of one, there are some useful pieces of advice to bear in mind.
Governments can make sure that the roads in the territory are safe and also that road sides are in conditions of being used by citizens. Administrations need to take this issue in a serious manner and take over road safety. Additionally, drivers should take some measures to prevent accidents from happening, for instance driving at safe speeds.
Furthermore, when purchasing a vehicle, the first step and something that is drivers’ responsibility is to acquire an insurance premium. According to the Road Safety Facility in South Africa, 83% of the road fatalities or injuries happen with the population in productive age, that is to say between 15 and 64 years old. That is why, even though car insurance for young people and people of all ages is compulsory, it is important to raise awareness of the need of acquiring one which fulfills each driver’s needs and it’s comprehensive. Possessing insurance has many benefits, among them you will not have to pay for all the damages from your own pockets, they help avoid devaluation of the vehicle, and provides a sense of safety and peace of mind when driving.
Nonetheless, even when taking all of these preventive measures, the sole fact of being on the roads means that we can be part of an unintentional, undesirable and unfortunate event that may result in injuries. Should this happen there are some pieces of advice that help at the palace of the happening. To begin with, it is of paramount importance to stay at the scene and check that no one has serious injuries and to call for help, if necessary. Technology is of great help nowadays, since we can ask for help simply using our smartphones. Then, record all the data available about the incident, cars involved owners personal information and insurance information, you can also photograph the scene. If you cannot move your vehicle because it is seriously damaged, use the towing service provided by your insurance premium. If the police do not inspect the accident, it is necessary to report what has happened in a police station, using all the information you collected.
All in all, chances are that every active driver will be part of a road accident, even if the vehicle is safe, or the roads are in the best of conditions. What is certain is that every individual owning a car should be ready to deal with the situation in a calm way, these tips may help to be prepared for it.