Month: June 2017

Four Ways Overspeeding Causes Road Accidents

Four Ways Overspeeding Causes Road Accidents

Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents that greatly increases the risk of death or injury for motorists in Kenya. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), speeding is a major factor in approximately a third of all traffic fatalities.
It also plays a major role in serious injuries caused by car accidents. Not only does over speeding causes road accidents, but it can also make accidents worse when they do happen. The speed of a vehicle is directly related to the impact it causes in a crash, which affects the extent of personal injuries in many cases.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver who was over speeding, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries – even if the driver was not ticketed for speeding or was ticketed but had it thrown out.
Here are four ways by which over speeding causes road accidents
 
·      All drivers are responsible for knowing the speed limit when they are driving. When a driver exceeds the speed limit, then they are of course considered to be “over speeding.” With the help of digital speed governors you can notice your and monitor your speed while driving!
Going fast is the main cause of most fatal speeding related accidents. High speed accidents are known to result in serious and deadly crasher, even if only one vehicle is involved. Rollover accidents are also much more likely to happen if a driver is driving at a high rate of speed.
 

 

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·       Failure to maintain reasonable speed. Some argue that exceeding the speed limit is necessary when the surrounding traffic is going over the set speed limit. Speed warning systems installed in your vehicle can keep you in the check!
 ·  Driving Too Slow: Many may be surprised to learn how many accidents are caused by someone driving too slowly. It’s been proven that traffic accidents are caused much more often by drivers who are driving below the speed limit than those who are driving too fast.
In fact, driving even to MPH slower than the surrounding traffic greatly increases your chance of being in an accident!
Most people would probably agree that going 100mph is foolishly dangerous and will very likely lead to a disastrous car accident. The problem is that exceeding the speed limit by 5mph in the wrong place can be just as dangerous. That is why engineers and local government authorities have determined the maximum speeds allowable for safe travel on the nation’s roadways.
Consider this example of pedestrian accident caused by minor or moderate levels of speeding.
 
 A pedestrian walks out into a crosswalk with an approaching car theft travelling at 30 mph. If the driver brakes when the pedestrian is 45 feet away, there will be enough space to stop without hitting the pedestrian.
Now, increase in the vehicle’s speed by just 5 mph will change the situation dramatically. At 35mph and the pedestrian was 45 feet away, this means the car will be travelling at 10mph when it hits the pedestrian!
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A pedestrian accident at 18 mph can cause major injuries or even wrongful death. To prevent speeding car accidents, drivers should observe the three second rule, no matter what speed you’re driving. This is how it works.
  •        While driving, pick out a sign or pole on the side of the road.
  •          When the car in front of you passes it, count off three seconds.
  •            The front of your vehicle should not reach the marker before you reach three.
  •          If you pass the marker before you reach the count of three, back off and try again.

Make sure, however, the three second rule does not take your eyes off the road because that just sets the stage for another type of accident. We wish that more people could understand how speeding does not save them time and only increase the danger to themselves, passengers and others. If parent’s over-speed in the presence of their children, how does that parent expect their children to drive?

 Sure you understand how over speeding causes road accidents? What is on your mind? What are your comments, suggestions and questions? Kindly share them below!
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5 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR SPEED WHEN DRIVING

5 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR SPEED WHEN DRIVING

When you are driving, it is important to stay within the posted speed limit.
Speeding has consequences, such as a ticket from the police and a traffic
violation on your driving record. As a result of a ticket, the driver gets a
higher auto insurance premium.
Here are the 5 ways to control your speed when driving:
Check the speedometer

Look at your speedometer regularly while you drive. Although you primarily want to
look at the road, other cars and the surrounding areas, from time to glance at
your speed every minute or so and make the appropriate adjustment.
Remove Distractions

Distractions are dangerous when you drive and can lead to accidentally speeding because you
are not paying attention. According to the U.S Department of transportation,
distracted driving increase your risk of an accident by three times when
compared to drivers who are not distracted.
Turnoff the music or lower the volume so that it is not a distraction. Turn off
your cell phone so that you are not tempted to make a call or send text
messages. Wait to eat until after you park the car


Leave Earlier

It is easy to speed if you are late, so wake up a little earlier. It will give you
more time to get ready and provide a few extra minutes for your drive, which
prevent you from speeding due to being late.


Set Cruise Control

If you vehicle is an automatic, then you can set cruise control when you drive on
highways or have a large stretch of road before the next stop light or sign.
Take advantage of cruise control to stay within the posted limit.

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Know the limits; look for signs, especially at
junctions. You need to know the speed limit of the roads you are using. For too
many drivers who have been caught speeding, complain that they thought the road
had a higher speed limit (40mph instead of 30mph) speed limit signs tend to be
placed at junctions because this is often the point at which the limit changes.

However,
junctions are also where you need to absorb a wick range of different
information and it is easy to miss a speed limit sign when concentration on one
or more other things. (e.g which way am I going, is that driver going to pull
out etc).
So you need to get into the habit of checking for speed limit signs at junctions
and looking for repeater signs after the junctions especially if the nature of
the road has changed. If you are not sure, assume the limit is lower until you
see a sign.
Recognize what makes you speed

We all have our ‘speed triggers’ – things that make us more likely to speed up and
perhaps exceed the limit unintentionally. This could be feeling pressurized
into keeping up with other drivers, or feeling stressed by a driver too close
behind being tempted to overtake a vehicle in front may also mean exceeding the
limit to complete the maneuver.
Distractions, such as listening to loud music, often result in speeding. It could be
something as simple as going downhill.
Learning
to recognize your own ‘speed triggers’ will make it easier to avoid being
‘pushed’ into speeding. It will also make driving less stressful and more
relaxing.
Give yourself time

Exceeding the speed limit makes little difference to your arrival time. The time it takes
to complete a journey is determined much more by your average speed during the
whole journey, rather than the maximum speed you achieve for part of it.
This is especially true in urban areas where you constantly have to slow down for
junctions, traffic lights and other road users. The faster you drive, the
sharper you have to brake. This also uses much more fuel and so makes driving
more expensive.

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Knowing that you have plenty of time to complete your journey will help you to relax
and avoid the temptation to push your speed.

Here you are with the 5 ways to control your speed to when driving to road
accidents. Kindly share your comments below! You can also make suggestions and
additions.
It is the goal of Eureka Technical Services Limited to ensure safety on the roads.
We provide the education, guidance and equipment to ensure road safety. You
can contact us for speed governors, car alarms, trackers etc.
THE 5 DANGERS ALL DRIVERS MUST BE AWARE OF

THE 5 DANGERS ALL DRIVERS MUST BE AWARE OF

The road is free used by everyone regardless of one’s educational background, status, sex, race, creed or religion. To ensure safety on the road, there are top 5 dangers all road users must be aware of to avoid accidents.
The Dangers of Overloading
 
Every motor vehicle has limits to the number of passengers or the weight of goods
that it can carry. When the driver exceeds the limits then the vehicle is
overloaded. Overloading is not advisable: it is against the road traffic law.
It affects the stability and balancing of the vehicle on the road. It slows down
the movement of the vehicle. It can lead to single vehicle accident. It reduces
the useful life of the vehicle. It affects the engine.
Before loading the vehicle, the driver should check the load limit of the vehicle.
Ensure that the load does not exceed the limit. Know the overhead clearance in
case there is any overhead bridge on the route and be concerned about the
comfort and safety of passengers.
Driving In the Rain
 
 
Driving in the rain poses some problems. There are dangerous conditions which occur
when it rains:
  •         The road becomes
    wet and slippery.
  •         The tires of the vehicle may not have full
    grip on the road surface because of lack of adhesion.
  •         Visibility ahead
    may be reduced.
  •         The edge of the
    road may not be visible.
  •         Some roads may
    become impassable because of flood.

What One Must Do during rainy season:

  •          During rainy
    season, make sure you take weather warnings seriously.
  •          Reduce your
    speed.
  •          Increase the following distance between you
    and the vehicle ahead from 2 seconds to 3, 4 or      5 seconds.
  •          Never drive so
    close to the edge of the road.
  •          Park when visibility is very poor.
  •          Wiper blades
    must be functioning.
  •               Avoid routes which could be flooded during the
    rainy season.

Driving In a Mountainous Area

 
This is one of the top 5 things all driver must be aware of to avoid road accidents.When
driving in hilly and mountainous areas, a driver needs to know what to do and
what not to do.
 
What to do.
·
Make sure your
brakes are working.
·
When one is descending, the vehicle speed
increase because of the force of gravity.
·
Reduce speed by
taking your leg off the accelerator once you start descending.
·
Select a safe
speed.
·
Look for warning
signs which indicate the steepness of the road and obey such signs.
 
What to do when climbing a hill
·
  •        Loads must be
    securely fastened to prevent any from tumbling down.
  •        Never overtake.
  •        Increase speed
    before you start climbing.
  •        Select a low
    gear to enable you climbs the hill.
  •        Staying in your
    line, concentrating on your climbing and check out the corners before moving.

Driving on the motorway

 
Motorways are usually dual carriageways on which vehicles travel fast. On account of the
speed, animals, pedestrians, hawkers and pedal cyclist are not to use the
motorway. Activities such as waiting, stopping, loading and offloading are not
allowed on the motorway.
On the motorway;
  •          Make sure the
    vehicle is fit and roadworthy to travel fast.
  •          Tyre’s are
    inflated at the correct pressure.
  •          Make sure the
    vehicle has enough fuel, oil and water.
  •          Observe the road
    ahead continuously.
  •          Observe traffic to
    the sides.
  •          Never change
    lines suddenly .anticipate the action or inaction to other drivers. Reduce your
    speed as you approach the end of the motorway.

Road signs and Marking

Road signs and marking guides, warns, informs, directs and regulates road users. Road
signs are identified by colors [red, yellow etc] by shape [triangular inshape etc.], by symbol.
  •          Triangular signs
    give warning
  •          Circular signs
    give orders
  •          Rectangular
    signs give information.
Here you are with the top 5 dangers all driver must be aware of to avoid road
accidents. Kindly share your comments below! You can also make suggestions and
additions.
It is the goal of Eureka Technical Services Limited to ensure safety on the roads.
We provide the education, guidance and equipment to ensure road safety. You
can contact us for speed governors, car alarms, trackers etc.
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