Driving is the controlled operation and movement of a vehicle, including cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and bicycles.
Permission to drive on public highways is granted based on a set of conditions being met and drivers are required to follow the established road and traffic laws in the location they are driving.
As this is serving as easily means to get to desired locations, there are some negative impacts that driving cause regularly.
In 2020, a total of 1,115 casualties from road crashes were recorded in Ghana. Deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents in Ghana from January to December 2020.
5 basic tips to avoid when driving.
1 Mobile Usage. Do not talk, text and drive at the same time. 385 people died in car crashes linked to texting while driving in in 2018. 1.6 Million crashes happen every year because of someone using a phone while driving. About 14% of all fatal crashes involve some sort of cell phone use. Around 390,000 injuries happen yearly from accidents caused by texting & driving.
2 Speeding. A driver travelling at faster speeds will have covered more ground in between spotting and reacting to a hazard than a driver travelling at a slower speed, so the speeding driver is more likely to crash. Speeding is a major factor in traffic deaths and injuries. Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2019, killing 9,478, or an average of over 25 people per day. The total number of fatal motor-vehicle crashes attributable to speeding was 8,544.
3 Playing Loud Music. As drivers listened to loud, fast music, their heart rates sped up and they started to drive faster without realizing it. Loud music also hinders drivers’ ability to detect emergency sirens from fire trucks and ambulances. Distracted driving accidents often take place in high-speed situations. Because drivers listening to loud music have delayed reaction times and are more likely to speed, they can be very dangerous. The consequences of distracted driving due to loud music can be devastating.
4 Drive with Sleep Deprivation. Drivers who get six hours of sleep or less are 33% more likely8 to have an accident on the road, compared to those who get seven or eight hours of sleep. Driving while sleep-deprived has the same or worse impact as driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05%9. A new study indicates that people who have slept for fewer than seven of the past 24 hours have higher odds of being involved in and responsible for car crashes. The risk is greatest for drivers who have slept fewer than four hours.
5 Eating While Driving. You may take your eyes off the road as you reach for food. If you spill any food, it can cause you to lose control of the vehicle and divert your attention from the road. Essentially, eating while driving means you may not have full control of your vehicle, which makes crashes more likely. Wait till you get home to eat that drive-thru. A new study shows a staggering 80% of all car accidents and 65% of near misses are caused by distracted drivers more focused on their burgers than the road.
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