Infographic: 8 essential road safety tips

1. Put your phone on silent

Try and keep your mobile phone on silent or turned off to avoid temptation from incoming calls and messages. Every activity using your mobile phone while driving can distract your attention, which can easily lead to an accident. If you need to make a call, simply pull over to a safe area first.

2. Keep your distance

When driving, always keep at least a 2 second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you. As a rule of thumb, this is the distance of at least two cars. Keeping your distance means having enough time to react should something sudden happen, like the car in front of you slamming on brakes.

3. Take a break

Driver fatigue is a major contributing factor to road accidents. This is especially the case when driving long hours, but can also occur after meals or even relatively mundane activities. Listen to your body clock and make sure to rest for at least 15 mins every 3 hours on the road.

4. Anticipate other drivers

While it can be nice to dream about having the roads to yourself, this couldn’t be further from reality. Use your side and rear mirrors regularly, and make sure to check your blind spot when changing lanes and turning. Even if you haven’t seen another car for hours, always be ready to react to your fellow drivers actions.

5. Slow down!

While we all know that speed kills, the actual difference a few km/h can make may surprise you. When you’re travelling at 60 km/h, in the event of a collision you’re twice as likely to kill a pedestrian than if you were travelling at 40 km/h. Always know the speed limit and follow it carefully.

6. Make sure you’re well rested

Before taking any road trip, always make sure you’re feeling alert and awake. Take turns driving to avoid drowsiness, if you’re travelling with friends or family, or take a break whenever you stop to fuel up on food and water. Being alert on the roads keeps you safe, as well as everyone around you.

7. Prepare for the drive ahead

Any lengthy drive needs a fair bit of preparation. Eat well so that you don’t become light headed or distracted by your grumbling stomach, review your route on a map so you don’t take a wrong turn, and put together a great road trip playlist to keep your spirits up as you drive.

8. Consider using a fleet company

Another great way to stay safe on the road is to use a fleet management company that provides high quality, road-safe vehicles for both professional and private use. Getting you safely from point A to B is in everyone’s best interest, shown by 7 out of 10 fleet management companies enforcing written company car policies to regulate distracted driving.

What sets Avis Fleet apart from other fleet solutions companies is our comprehensive fleet accident management, which makes dealing with an accident simple and easy. Our vehicle tracking solution actively manages driver behaviour, limiting vehicle related accidents to get you to your destination safely and securely.

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