What Can Happen With A Distracted Driver – Caution: Graphic Video

This video seems to have a viral history across the internet and I’m told this occurred on a highway in Russia. None the less, watch the vehicle directly ahead of the vehicle filming this.  While we don’t know the cause of the vehicle losing control…. for obvious reasons, this should be  a warning to us all, especially in bad weather.

See how quickly your life could change by taking your eyes of the road for “one split second”?  Please Don’t Text or engage in any other task that will cause you to be distracted while driving, and always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.

 Safe Driving Tips!

Every driver should have the goal to be as safe as possible on the road.

The 2 most important habits that will prevent collisions are diligent observation and keeping space around your vehicle

A drivers eyes should not be fixed on one point for more than 2 seconds, and even less at higher speeds. A little head movement while looking around will allow a person to see around the blind spot of the vehicles frame and to get vision around outside objects like shrubs and buildings that can block objects like bikes and pedestrians as well as cars.

Keeping 1 ½-2 car lengths behind stopped vehicles may look strange to others on the road around you, but that extra space could mean the difference between hitting the car ahead if you went forward for any reason, and having time to stop or swerve if someone hit you from behind or you accidentally pushed the gas pedal. That old lady you make fun of for keeping 5 car lengths behind vehicles ahead on the freeway when you keep only 3 car lengths behind has a much better chance of avoiding a collision if the car ahead came to a sudden stop.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 32,885 deaths in the U.S. occurred due to car crashes in 2010. (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811552.pdf)

Many people call them car “accidents”, but really the correct term is “collisions” or “crashes”. In a vehicle collision someone was acting in a way that caused the crash to happen which could have been prevented had they acted differently. If it could have been prevented it is NO accident.

6 Top Reasons For Crashes

1. Distraction
The biggest distraction on the road believe it or not, is drivers onlooking at a collision site!

When I was training to be a driving instructor, my fellow trainee and I were on the freeway when we saw ambulances on both sides of the freeway at the same spot, in opposite directions!

It was clear someone had looked too long at the first crash site and caused another!

2. Fatigue
Be well rested especially starting a long drive.

3. Alcohol
These are usually the most serious, often fatal collisions.

4. Speeding
It’s better to arrive late than not at all!

5. Aggressive driving
Sometimes you need to be assertive behind the wheel, but not aggressive. The big difference is emotion.

6. Weather
Respect the road conditions in wet, windy and icy weather.

Source: http://www.drivingtips.org/

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