Negligence of minor things has become major cause of accident in our roads today. The following are the minor but responsible for serious accident.
Drivers need to pay absolute attention to his environment. Any attention lapse could lead to accident. Fatigue leads to slower reaction times, your ability to pay attention, and lowers your ability to recognize hazards.
Fatigue impairs driving performance in the same way as alcohol. Seventeen hours without sleeping has the effect on you as having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.10%.
Signs of Fatigue
- Drifting in and out of lane
- Eyelids closing
- Loss of time, not remembering the road you just traveled.
- Irregular speed control
Your body has natural high and low periods of alertness. From 24:00-06:00 and from 12:00-1800, your body is least alert.
How to combat fatigue
- Take scheduled rest breaks (15 minutes every 2 hours)
- If you feel drowsy, stop take a short nap (up to 15minutes or less)
- Get out and work around to increase circulation
- Keep the temperature in the vehicle relatively cool
- Stay hydrated by drinking water
- Establish regular eating habit
Operating Cell phone is one of the causes of distraction that can increase accident risk. The use of hand free cell phone while driving could cause an accident. The Driver will concentrate on phone discussion and get distracted from paying attention to road users and traffic rules. Therefore, if the need for cell phone use arises, the Driver is expected to look for safe place and park.
CAR RADIO OR CD PLAYER
Operating a car radio or cd player is another form of distraction that is capable of causing accident.
Eating food while driving could cause accident. Because of frequent carrying of head up and down when eating could make Driver not to scan the road and figure out hazards. Therefore, Drivers should park in a safe place and switch off the engine when they want to eat food.