Summer is a time of trips and vacations, which we usually spend with our children. Natalya Agre, president of the expert center "Driving without danger", told us about typical female mistakes and summer driving habits.
DO NOT RELAX
In summer, people tend to think less about problems, not to expect trouble. Unfortunately, the person behind the wheel cannot afford this. Firstly, in the warm season there are many motorcyclists on the road, and often they appear unexpectedly, move at high speed and maneuver sharply. Secondly, there are also many more pedestrians, and not all of them move correctly. Top tip: Even if you're on vacation, don't be reckless while driving.
BE VERY CAREFUL IN RAIN
If you can wait out the rain, you better do it. You need to be aware that in combination with drops of oil and gasoline, a wet road becomes dangerous. A surprise can be expected in the form of pits that are filled with water and are invisible. Therefore, speeding is unacceptable!
DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE ANIMALS
Another feature of summer is forest animals that come out onto the roads. When entering an area with a warning sign, give sound signals - they can frighten away animals. If it was not possible to avoid the accident, call the traffic police and do not try to help the animal on your own, it may be in a state of shock, which is often expressed in aggression.
BUCK IN ALWAYS
NEVER TRANSPORT A CHILD WITHOUT A CAR SEAT
Child can only be transported in a car seat, you need to buy it before the baby is born. By the way, this is also a very effective way to teach a child to calmly endure small trips, and, which is very important for mothers, to have free hands at least for a while. Alas, according to our study, many parents of children who have had an accident prefer low-quality restraints that do not have a certificate, there are many such mothers and fathers - 21%. A low-quality seat can only help you avoid a fine, but in the event of an accident, it can aggravate the consequences.
DO NOT TURN YOUR CAR INTO A WAREHOUSE
Excessive items from the cabin must be removed, no matter how important it is to transfer everything to the dacha at once. In an accident, heavy items can cause additional injury.
PLAN YOUR TRAVEL SMARTLY
Statistics of the State traffic inspectorate shows that the most dangerous time in terms of the participation of children in road accidents is the end of summer. August is the most traumatic month, accidents occur more often during the day than in the evening and at night. Therefore, if you are confidently navigating in the dark, it may make sense to leave the dacha after 18 hours. Apps to help you plan your trip.
THINK SAFE CLOTHING FOR KIDS
Children may want to stop at any hour and anywhere, so it is important to have reflective clothing or special patches that are attached to the sleeves. This will allow the driver to see your child at a distance of 300-400 meters, instead of the usual 150-200. The stripes should be on both arms and preferably on the backpack or back, the most visible being white or lemon.
THE MAIN THING IS PEACE
Most of the mistakes we make while driving are not due to the fact that we do not know the rules or drive badly, but due to the fact that we react sharply and impulsively to insult, disrespect, and sometimes outright rudeness. Remind yourself that peace of mind is the key to your safe journey. This rule is valid at any time of the year!