Car accidents are a common occurrence in the Philippines. Aside from the weather and traffic, actions such as bad overtaking, drunk driving, and improper turning also lead to road mishaps. While you can’t control the actions of other drivers, there are some things you can do and mustn’t do to ensure your safety and those who are driving with you.
1. Do not drink and drive
Being under the influence of alcohol and dangerous drugs will affect your driving ability. Any amount of these substances in your system will slow down your coordination and reflexes and blur your vision. It’s also important to note that under RA No. 10586, anyone caught under the influence will face hefty fines and imprisonment.
2. Do not exceed speed limit
Going over the speed limit may get you to your destination faster or satisfy your adrenaline cravings. But remember, with each kilometer per hour over the speed limit, your chance to get into an accident increases. You are also putting other people in danger by going over it, including your passengers, other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
3. Do not engage in other activities while driving
Driving requires your full attention on the road. Activities like eating, changing clothes, and putting on makeup while you’re behind the wheel are dangerous. Also, if there’s a high need for you to answer a call or send a text message while driving, pull over at a safe place first, use the phone, and then resume on your journey.
4. Do not tailgate
Driving too close to other vehicles, or tailgating as it is more commonly known, is extremely risky because you have little time to slow down if the driver in front of you hits the breaks. To keep a safer journey on the road, leave a 3-second distance between you and the car ahead of you.
1. Always wear your seat belt
It’s against the law in the country to ride in a vehicle without wearing a seat belt because you are twice as likely to get fatal injuries. In a car crash, seat belts provide security to stop you from catapulting forward.
2. Follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule
Making time for routine preventative car maintenance will ensure that your vehicle has properly inflated tires, all fluids are at their apt levels, and brakes are properly working. If your vehicle is in good condition, dangerous and unexpected breakdowns in the middle of your trip will be the least of your worries.
3. Exercise caution in bad weather
The best advice for driving in heavy rain is to avoid it. But if going out is inevitable or you’re caught in bad conditions once you’re already on the road, make sure that you turn on your windshield wipers and headlights. Also, try to drive in the middle lanes and avoid puddles of water because it can cause your car to hydroplane out of control.
4. Insure your vehicle
Preventing getting into a car accident isn’t just about avoiding injuries but also avoiding the emotional turmoil and the sky-high expenses that go along with it. Therefore, it is essential to complete all your safety measures by looking into a reliable, comprehensive car policy that can sufficiently protect you from financial liabilities.