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An accident that could have been avoided

CCTV cameras captured a horrific accident that happened due to motorists not following the rules of the road in a case where the traffic lights were out. Watch the footage here:

It appears that most vehicles were cautiously approaching and proceeding across this dangerous intersection, however the truck should have stopped, but instead it drove straight through the traffic light that was out of order at the time and collided with the car and the cyclist.

This is what SHOULD happen when a traffic light is out of order:

– When a traffic light is not working, the intersection becomes a stop street.

– This means that you have to think of it the same as a four-way stop.

– Even if there is no traffic, you still have to stop in order to make sure the coast is clear.

– If the vehicle in front of you crosses the intersection – you would have to allow the vehicles from the other stops to enter the crossing before you can make your move.

– This means you might have to wait a while as you might have to give way to three other vehicles from three other directions.

– Be alert as it is clear some people ignore the rules of an out-of-order traffic light

– Do not tailgate a vehicle to slip through under the radar – that is what the truck tried to do and look what happened there.

 

 

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Have you been in a car accident? Read this!

Being involved in a car accident, no matter how big or small, can be a traumatic experience. Most regular drivers are likely to be involved in a car accident at least once in their lives. You can be the safest and most cautious driver around, but that doesn’t save you from the person who careens through a red light and into your car.

The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident. The study suggests there may be “rather large psychological complications even more-so when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious.

Like other types of trauma, car accidents can cause long-term stress that affects your work and relationships and can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems

Talking about your accident is the first step to making peace with it. Get counselling instead of trying to deal with it yourself, and do it as soon as possible. Talk about the accident in as much detail as possible. You also have to try and “piece everything together” – this helps subside the fragmenting effect of trauma and gives you a sense of having gained a grip on your fearfulness.

Reclaiming your life and confidence takes time, and having a strong support system will aid the process. Supporting an accident victim usually involves considerable patience and understanding.

You may experience panic attacks when you get back behind the wheel but it’s recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Not only will you claim back your freedom but it will also give you the chance to feel in control on and off the road.

 

 

“Women are the worst drivers!”

At some point, you might have heard the stereotype that all women are bad drivers. Or perhaps like me you’ve heard a relative or friend utter the words “well no wonder that car doesn’t know where it’s going, it’s a woman driving!”

Also read: Dismantling the myth that women are ‘bad drivers’

Is this because traditionally women weren’t the drivers, their partners were. Or is it just because there are more women drivers on the road today?

Either way, there are certain driving habits that women have which separate them from the men.

Women are catching up

In the book, “Why we drive the way we do” it’s suggested that male drivers are likely to be more risky when it comes to their driving styles and therefore end up in far worse accidents. However, while women are more prone to being apprehensive or cautious behind the wheel, being overly apprehensive or hesitant when driving can also lead to accidents.

Driving habits that give women a bad name

Multitasking

As great as we women are at doing multiple things at once, doing them while driving isn’t the smartest idea. When you think you’ve got it all under control (while applying your makeup and talking on your phone) you really don’t notice how much you’re either swerving out of your lane, taking a wrong turn or confusing the driver behind you.

Driving with heels on 

So many of us still do this despite numerous warnings in social media about the dangers of driving with heels on. In fact, many experts have called for a ban on it completely. Why? Driving in heels restricts the movement between the bottom of your foot and the pedals. An article in the Daily Mail reported that nearly 40% of women drive in heels.

Indecisiveness 

This goes along the lines of hesitation and apprehensiveness when driving. Decisiveness and knowing where and when to move is key to driving and avoiding accidents. Dilly-dallying because you’re uncertain can really frustrate other drivers. Look ahead and be aware of what’s happening with traffic in front of you so that it’s easier to determine and plan your next move.

Distraction 

As observant as we are, we’re also easily distracted by things around us. Scenery (like the good-looking runner), “50% off” sale signs, accident scenes and anything unusual is just some of the things that we’ll turn our heads for. Keep your eyes on the car or road in front of you.

 

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All you need to know about buying a car that’s been in an accident

If you are busy shopping for a second hand car and have asked around for advice, you have probably heard that you should think twice about buying a car that has been in an accident.

No matter how well the vehicle has been repaired, the unfortunate fact remains that damage from a collision could always be problematic. However, that doesn’t mean you should not consider any of these vehicles.

Matters of budget

The main reason to consider a second hand car that has been in an accident is the budget payoff. The vehicle should cost less than if it hadn’t been in an accident. That means that other vehicles for that same price range usually are older, have more mileage, or isn’t a high in demand second hand model.

Considering a car that’s been in accident therefore becomes a matter of payoff. Is the sustained damage worth the price cut?

Sometimes you are better off paying extra for a vehicle that hasn’t been in an accident, while other times it could make for a worthwhile deal. Which one it is very much depends on what kind of damage was involved.

How bad was the accident?

If the collision wasn’t major – and you have seen the repair records to prove it – you should definitely still consider purchasing the vehicle. For instance, if there was just some minor damage done to one of the headlights and to the surrounding body, that doesn’t mean you will face consistent engine issues in the future.

On the other hand, if there was major damage done to the internal carrying structure then you would have to be very careful about buying the vehicle.

If you aren’t very familiar with motor vehicles then it is a good idea to bring a friend or a mechanic you trust to look over the vehicle properly first.

Warning signs to look out for

Buying a second hand car that’s been in a collision is going to be a bit of a gamble, but to help you make a decision it helps to know what warning signs to look out for.

  • Don’t buy a car from someone who doesn’t want to give you access to repair records. That car could be fixed up to look shiny and good as new, but you wouldn’t know what the extent of the damage really was.
  • Watch out for signs of abuse and neglect. It’s one thing for a driver to get in a random fender bender, but it paints a different story if the vehicle suffered under consistent negligent ownership.
  • Was the car properly fixed? Who did the repair work and well it was done is very important to look into. For instance, reliable panelbeaters should have been used and the paint job should match. Be very wary of signs that a cheap repair job is responsible for the vehicle you see in front of you.

A second hand car with an accident history is still deserving of consideration, but it’s a situation that you need to go into with your eyes open. Make sure you weigh up the pros and cons, are familiar with the risks involved, and find out the whole story behind the extent accident and the quality of the repair work done.

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10 interesting facts about road accidents

There’s a lot that can cause a road accident: distracted driving, drunken driving, vehicles that aren’t roadworthy, to name a few. A lot of the time it’s a simple mistake which could’ve been easily avoided that causes a major accident.

By taking note of the following 10 facts, you might be encouraged to pay more attention the next time you’re behind the wheel and to take the necessary precautions:

  1. Worldwide, male drivers have a higher risk of dying in a car accident than women due to their inclination to speed more, drink more and take more risks
  2. In South Africa, the major contributory factors to festive season fatal crashes are drunk driving, speeding, overtaking when unsafe to do so, fatigue, overloading of vehicles and a tyre bursting.
  3. Deaths from road accidents are at least twice as high in South Africa as the global average.
  4. The most dangerous drivers are young men.
  5. While women are statistically safer on the road, they have just as many accidents as men; however, they tend to be minor fender-benders, while men are usually involved in more serious collisions.
  6. Cautious old ladies are more inclined to die behind the wheel than speeding teenage boys – not because they’re reckless, but because they’re frail and less likely to survive injury.
  7. In SA, according to stats released in 1998, your likelihood of being in a fatal crash between midnight and 4am is four times higher than during daytime.
  8. Motorbikes are especially vulnerable on the road as motorists regularly fail to see them, and intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle accident to occur.
  9. In the US, of all road users, 4-year-olds have the lowest death risk – probably because they’re in child car seats, and their parents drive more carefully.
  10. In the UK and the US, the drivers of station wagons have a death rate of less than half the national average for cars due to the fact that they’re safer on the roads and their drivers tend not to take risks.
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How to recover from a car accident

Talking about your accident is the first step to making peace with it. Get counselling instead of trying to deal with it yourself, and do it as soon as possible. Talk about the accident in as much detail as possible. This “piecing together” seems to help subside the fragmenting effect of trauma and gives you a sense of having gained a grip on your fearfulness.

Realising that there’s life after your traumatic event often helps people deal with their fears. There comes a point when you no longer want the accident to have too much of an influence on your life.

Also read: What you should do if you’re the first person to come across and accident 

You may experience panic attacks when you get back behind the wheel but it’s recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Not only will you claim back your freedom but it will also give you the chance to feel in control on and off the road.

Reclaiming your life and confidence takes time, and having a strong support system will aid the process. Supporting an accident victim usually involves considerable patience and understanding.

At the same time, there comes a point when the loved one no longer needs to be treated as “the patient” and a return to life “as normal” (albeit different) begins. It’s a tough process but it’s surprising how resilient people are and how well they cope with the devastating consequences of their injuries.