How to avoid a collision and what to do if it happens

Posted: 28th February 2016

 

By driving defensively you can reduce your risk of becoming another statistic.

 

Here are some tips to help you avoid a Collision:

 

Concentration is key!
Driving involves thinking about your surroundings and maintaining your concentration. Avoiding distractions like ringing mobiles will help reduce your chances of being involved in a collision. Avoid the urge to rubberneck as you drive past something.

 

Fatigue
When you’re tired you can experience involuntary micro-sleeps. These are short naps during a period of wakefulness typically lasting a few seconds. If you notice any of the following signs, pull over and take a 15 minute nap where it is safe to do so:

 

  • Heavy eyelids
  • Frequent yawning
  • Rubbing your eyes repeatedly
  • Drifting across your lane
  • Not remembering the last few miles
  • Head snapping

 

Think safety first
Exercise motoring best practice and leave a two second gap between you and the car in front, double this in wet weather and leave a ten second gap in icy conditions. Always wear your seatbelt. A two second gap will also reduce the risk of a stone breaking your windscreen.

 

Reduce your speed
Remember that your braking distance and thinking distance increases the faster you go. Speed limits apply to ideal conditions; ensure that your speed matches the road conditions.

 

Junctions
A glance is not enough to make sure the path is clear, try to get into the habit of looking twice as some road users are harder to spot than others. If your view is obscured at a junction roll your window down and listen for traffic, creep out slowly until you can peek around the obstruction.

 

Amber gambler
If you drive to try and beat lights turning red sooner or later you will have a collision. Wait until the light is Green!!

 

Six Simple Steps to help you deal with a Collision:

 

1.Stop at the scene

You must stop at the scene whether or not the collision was your fault.

 

2.Check if anyone is in need of medical attention

If so, call 999. If not, call Northern Ireland’s new non emergency phone number 0845 600 8000.

 

3.Are there any witnesses?

Try and get the names, addresses and vehicle registrations of any witnesses before they leave the scene. Witnesses should write down their evidence and keep their original notes.

 

4.Make a sketch or take photographs

Remember to make notes of Street names, skid marks, collision points, vehicle locations and directions of travel. It is recommended that you keep a disposable camera in your glove box as it can be very useful for recording images. This should be done before vehicles are moved if possible.

 

5.Additional information

Note down any other details you feel are worth recording. For example, if the other driver was using their phone.

 

6.Call CRASH 24hours a day on freephone 0500 27 27 47

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