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A crash course on road safety: the top causes of accidents

While road trip season usually means some quality time with friends and family, it can also end in tragedy. With road fatalities rising during the summer, it's smart to be aware of what causes accidents - and how to avoid them.
A crash course on road safety: the top causes of accidents

The leading cause of road accidents is distraction. Whether you’re just sending a quick text or keeping your kid from spilling their drink, taking your eyes off the road for even a second can be fatal.

Focus on driving. Bring along your spouse or a buddy to keep the kids in check, send any urgent texts on your behalf, or take over when you’re feeling groggy.

Holidays might be a time of celebration, but it’s best to leave the shots for after you arrive. According to Arrive Alive, 50% of drivers in fatal road accidents have a blood alcohol concentration above 0,05 grams per 100 millilitres – with the current limit being 0,05% or less. Rather stick to good old-fashioned water – or Red Bull if you need a kick!

Excessive speeding is never safe, and the holidays are no exception. Speeding greatly increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident. Arrive Alive reports that fatal collisions at 80 km/h are 20 times more frequent than collisions at 32 km/h.

A crash course on road safety: the top causes of accidents

Reckless driving is also dangerous. This includes unsafe overtaking, ignoring traffic signs, and changing lanes into tight spaces. Consider not only your life, but those of your passengers and others on the road.

Should the worst happen and you are involved in an accident, the last thing you need is to deal with time-consuming admin in order to get everything sorted afterwards.

That’s why tries to save you some of the trouble. We’ll deal with the Road Accident Fund on your behalf, as well as take care of vehicle towing, repairs, and replacements.

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