So your brother’s offered you a bookcase he’s trying to get rid of. Problem is, you don’t know anyone with the type of truck to transport it to your place. No problem – just lash the furniture to your car roof and off you go. No big deal, right?
Overloading has been recognised as both a safety and a cost concern. Economic growth demands an adequate transport infrastructure. Overloaded vehicles, especially freight vehicles, destroy roads, and have a negative impact on economic growth – and the damage caused grows exponentially as the load increases. Damage to roads as a result of overloading leads to higher maintenance and repair costs and shortens the life of a road, which in turn places an additional burden on the state, as well as law abiding road users who ultimately carry the costs of careless and inconsiderate overloading. If we can’t control the problem of overloading, this cost has to be carried by the road user, which will require significant increases in road user charges, such as:
It is important to stay alert at all times – and to act with extreme caution when you climb behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Not only do you as a driver have to avoid distractions – but your passengers have to ensure that they are not the cause of your distractions.
From an overly-loud radio to texting while driving, the distractions you can face are various in their type and severity. Driver distraction is a much-debated topic, and it is still not well understood. In plain English, this means a driver’s attention on driving is taken away by something or someone. This turns them into a really dangerous driver.
This is a tricky topic. While the vast majority of studies still prove that wearing your seat belt is one of the best ways to protect yourself in a vehicle, everyone knows of someone who will swear blind that the only reason they emerged from a car accident unscathed is because they were unencumbered by a seat belt. Admittedly, there are always exceptions that prove the rule, but there shouldn’t be a debate when it comes to this issue – if you’re in a vehicle, strap in!
In our last blog, we covered the dangers of speeding. Today we take a statistical look at how badly we’re all speeding around the world.
Why are we even writing about this, right? And yet… speed is still a problem on the roads. We just have to look at road death statistics to know that speed is still a major cause of fatalities. Today, we review how exactly driving at crazy speeds contributes to the unnecessary deaths we see, hear and read about every day.
For those of you who’ve been following our series of driver safety blogs, you’ll have noticed how we’re covering all aspects of being on the road. Right about now, most people are beginning to plan their December leave, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to cover the 10 most important rules any road user should use to get to and from your destination safe and sound.
Like driving and using your mobile phone, driving after you’ve been drinking is not just stupid, it’s dangerous. That may be strong language, but time and again research has shown the negative consequences, both on you and other road users, when you get the behind the wheel after a few.
We’ve devoted a significant number of blogs to helping you stay safe on the roads. And in theory, we all know how we should be driving on the road to keep ourselves and other road users safe. But, to some degree or other, we’ve all taken some form of action that can only be classified as dangerous or reckless. Do you remember the 1950 Disney short film, Motor Mania? In it, Goofy demonstrates how a perfectly amiable pedestrian (Mr Walker) becomes an absolute terror (Mr Wheeler), once he gets behind the wheel. Based on statistics from around the world, let’s take a look at just how badly we’re all still driving.