Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving



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Safety is always top priority on the roads.

Often circumstances are beyond our control as the section on Dangers highlights.

This section though, has a look at where we do have control, both for our safety and that of others. It offers interesting and practical tips, as well as vital information that could save your life.

🛈 Information:


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🛈 Accident Triangle

The Heinrich Accident Triangle is based on Heinrich's Law, proposed by Herbert William Heinrich, an industrial safety pioneer. The triangle suggests a hierarchical relationship among different types of incidents:

  • Major Injuries or Fatalities: At the top of the triangle are major injuries or fatalities, which are considered the most severe outcomes of accidents.

  • Minor Injuries: In the middle are minor injuries, which are more common than major injuries or fatalities but less severe.

  • Near Misses or Near Hits: At the base of the triangle are near misses or near hits. These are incidents that had the potential to cause harm but did not result in injuries or damage.

The Heinrich Accident Triangle implies that for every major injury or fatality, there are a greater number of minor injuries and an even greater number of near misses. By addressing near misses and minor injuries, road users can potentially prevent more severe incidents.

Safety Accident Triangle

💡 Top safety tips to operate a vehicle

  • Always wear your seatbelt: Wearing your seatbelt is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe in a vehicle. It helps to protect you in the event of a collision.

  • Follow the speed limit: Obeying the speed limit is essential to ensure that you have enough time to react to any hazards on the road. It also helps to reduce the severity of any accidents that do occur.

  • Keep a safe following distance: Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you gives you more time to react if they suddenly brake or take any other sudden actions.

  • Use turn signals: Signaling your intentions to other drivers by using your turn signals can help prevent accidents and make the roads safer for everyone.

  • Don't drive under the influence: Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as this can impair your judgment and reaction time.

  • Keep your vehicle maintained: Regular maintenance and inspections of your vehicle can help ensure that it is operating safely and prevent any unexpected breakdowns.

  • Avoid distractions: Avoid any activities that can take your attention away from the road, such as using your phone or eating while driving.

  • Stay alert: Being alert and aware of your surroundings is key to avoiding accidents. Avoid driving when you are overly tired, as this can impair your ability to react quickly.

  • Adjust your driving for weather conditions: Adjust your driving to account for the weather conditions, such as slowing down in the rain or increasing your following distance in the snow.

  • Be cautious at intersections: Intersections are where many accidents occur, so be extra cautious and watch for any potential hazards, such as cars running red lights.

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Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving