Leo Cabeleira

DANGER ZONES

Roads can be dangerous places, but knowing why crashes happen puts you in control. Drive responsibly and YOU can make a difference…

The most common reason for crashing your car is being distracted, and is it any wonder when there are so many things to divert your attention? Even the most accomplished multi-tasker can focus on only so many things, but then driving already involves constant multi-tasking, so why make it even harder for yourself?

  

It’s a scenario that happens very often,  a disproportionate number of crashes involve young drivers, with inattention a key factor in most of them. It’s this, combined with a lack of experience, that proves such an explosive cocktail.

  

When I’m sifting through the charred remains of a nice Mini or Sporty Vauxhall Corsa, I often think to myself – can switching the music or sending a text be worth such a high price? Of course NOT, but there’s no second chance for the drivers who get it wrong!

The most common distractions

  1. Lighting a cigarette 
  2. Road rage
  3. Eating or drinking
  4. Children in the car
  5. Chatting to a passenger
  6. Staring at an accident
  7. Having an argument 
  8. Talking on the phone
  9. Texting
  10. Changing radio/CD

  

Remember the penalties I post couple of days ago!

If you are convicted of careless driving or driving without due care and attention, you can be fined up to £5000 and get 3-9 points. Kill somebody and you can be in prison for up to 14 years and given an unlimited fine. You will automatically be banned for two years as well.