‘Safe travels.’ ‘Drive Safe.’ Familiar words as we wave goodbye to loved ones or bid farewell to those embarking on a road trip. But no matter how well-intentioned they are, these words are not a ‘talisman’ to ensure your safety on the open road. At FixEezi, we are daily at the coal face of car accidents, and their repercussions. To help you, we have identified the top 2 causes of car accidents so that, from your side, you can do all you can to stay safe while driving.
Cause #1 – Distractions:
The biggest cause of daily car accidents on South African roads comes down to the little distractions. It is something we are all guilty of at some point or another. (In fact, we wrote an entire blog to determine which type of distracted driver you might be). The list may be obvious, but distractions can mean the difference between life and death. Our FixEezi list of distractions while driving include the following: Texting or talking on your cellphone, eating or drinking, putting on make-up, changing radio channels, typing in GPS locations, tending to a child in the backseat, searching for items in the cubby hole or handbag, and roadside curiosity. At FixEezi we are not here to guilt-trip you, but to help keep you safe on the road.
The use of cellphones has been recognised as a top cause of driver distraction. Just taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds to read a message is all it takes for a disaster to happen. Texting while driving distracts the driver for an average of 4.6 seconds and increases the chance of an accident by 23%.
The South African National Road Traffic Act has banned all activities that can be performed on a cellphone, and drivers who are caught using a cellphone while driving may be fined up to R750. In the Western Cape, this offence is punishable with a fine of R500, in addition to having your cellphone confiscated, with an additional release fee of R1140. FixEezi can help with financing the repairs of your car, but not with paying your fine.
Cause #2 – Following Distance:
At FixEezi we are in the business of connecting thousands of damaged vehicles to reputable panel beaters and the stats speak for themselves: the most common cause of rear-end collisions is insufficient following distance. Tailgating – due to aggressive drivers and road rage – further increases the likelihood of bumper-bashings and accidents on South African roads. (This FixEezi blog will help you stay calm in the likelihood of an accident and road rage).
An adequate following distance on highways and national roads affords the driver enough time to respond in an emergency situation and stop in time. The advised 3- second rule allows necessary brain reaction time for you to brake in time without hitting the car in front of you. (This assumes you are not exceeding the speed limit.)
If you are travelling at 100km/hour and the car in front of you suddenly brakes – you only have 1.5 seconds to brake and avoid crashing!
Staying alert and keeping a safe following distance are vital to braking in time. This will help you avoid a car suddenly braking, a pedestrian rushing across the road, the inevitable potholes on South African roads, and staying safe while driving in adverse weather conditions and on slippery roads. (And then you hope that the car behind you has kept to a safe following distance!) If not – FixEezi is on hand to sort out your repairs from start to finish.
FixEezi knows that no matter how well you drive, life happens and accidents occur – even when you are careful, follow the rules of the road and keep to a safe following distance. It is in these unforeseen moments that we don’t want you to have further cause for worry. We are just a phone call or click away and will provide you with a professional and competitive quote, connect you with a reputable panel beater in your area and even help with financing through Capitec.
For those who are uninsured, underinsured or simply don’t want to claim – according to our many satisfied customers – FixEezi is the panel beater service provider of choice.
From all of us at FixEezi, stay focused, keep a safe following distance and drive safely on our roads.