It may come as a shock to some, but the UK has some of the safest roads in the world, despite the fact large numbers of vehicles enter the roads every year. While UK roads may be some of the safest, we cannot say that there has ever been a day without a car accident. Whether it is a lapse in judgement or someone has been drinking there are so many reasons to why a collision has occurred. Here we discuss the top 5 causes of a car accidents and how you might be able to prevent it from happening to you.
What are the most common causes of car accidents
Before we go into the nitty-gritty of car accidents, there are a few things you must always do to ensure your car is safe on the road. A regular Mini service in Buckingham will ensure your brakes are working as well as many other car parts. You should always take your vehicle for a regular car service and MOT.
One of the leading causes to accidents in the UK is distracted drivers. Somone who is distracted is someone who is not giving the road their full attention. It can be easy too become distracted while driving and one of the leading causes of this is mobile phones.
Over recent years there has been a clamp down on the use of mobile phones while driving if caught using a mobile or sat nav devices you could face up to 6 points on your licence and £200 fine. If your phone or sat nav is not positioned in the right place or is obstructing your view, you can also receive three penalty points on your licence. Do not be fooled when we say caught on a device while driving. You can also receive all of the penalties previously mentioned when you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or have the engine of your vehicle running.
Other things to consider that might distract you that you may not be aware of is things such as eating, drinking, reaching for an object or even putting your make up on. All of which can take your attention away from the road, therefore it is imperative you eliminate any distractions and give the road your undivided attention.
Speeding or reckless driving
Changing lanes at the last minute or too quickly, can be classed as reckless driving, those around you cannot always predict what you are going to do. It can often lead to horrible accidents especially if you are speeding. The faster you speed, the bigger impact you will experience. While cars are built to withstand a high amount of impact, if you are driving at a certain speed they cannot always keep you, passengers or bystanders, safe. If you see a speed limit stick to it, it is there for a reason. Even if you’re in a bit of a rush, it is important to take your time and remain calm.
Drink driving is one of the worst driving offences you can commit. There has been a significant amount of advertising from THINK, who campaign to raise awareness of the damages drink driving can cause. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 1.2 million drivers had been caught in 2011 to be driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
While under the influence you are less responsive and aware than you usually would be. It does not take much for you to exceed the drink limit, so to be safe than sorry, we always recommend laying off the drink when you know you are going to be driving. Alcohol will also affect different people in different ways, what might be absolutely fine for one person can be stronger for the next. If you are going somewhere where you will be drinking, take a designated driver with you or leave the car at home and take an alternative form of public transport.
Here in the UK, we experience a range of adverse weather effects which all can have a dramatic effect on the visibility of your drive. Bright sunshine and heavy rain can all affect how far in front of us we can see and depending on some weather conditions it can also affect your overall stopping distance.
If you know, it is icy, raining heavy or there is sleet on the horizon you can take a couple of steps to make your drive a little safer. Always make sure your tyre tread is of the recommended amount. Take your time when you know you are going on a journey, do not go over the speed limit, should you need to come to a stop you want to ensure you have left yourself enough distance.
When you are tired, you lack the concentration you would naturally in the middle of the day. If you do feel tired we always recommend asking someone else to drive, take a nap before or keep the car as cool as possible. Research has shown tired drivers cause almost 20% of car accidents, a lot of these occur late at night or early in the morning. Those who end up falling asleep at the wheel are often already trying to fight off extreme exhaustion or tiredness. Unfortunately, tired driving is much more likely going to cause a serious accident in comparison to some of the other causes we mentioned as you will have no control over the vehicle.
Always be attentive
When it comes to driving you should always be giving the road your undivided attention. It would be devastating not only to you but also to other road users if you were to cause an accident. If you do get easily distracted there are now downloadable apps which tell your phone when you are driving. So if you go to touch your phone while you are driving it will inform you, you cannot complete an action, including skipping music. If you’re interested in this app download Drivemode for Android and Apple.