Here's the fact - driving can be hazardous even on well-paved roads. After all, there are always some factors that can lead to accidents.
Here's a rundown of 9 things that make driving more dangerous. Read this article till the end to be better prepared when driving.
The most dangerous turns are those that require unexpected slowing and maneuvering. Steep downhill, off-camber or crowned roads, and sharp curves in the wrong direction can result in a rollover accident. Also, different kinds of road surface material such as gravel, sand, shale rock, mud and ice tend to decrease traction on what would otherwise be a safe turn.
Poorly Maintained Roads
Unsealed roads, potholes and cracks in the road surface increase friction between vehicles' tires and the pavement. This can make it hard to brake or steer around obstacles, especially at higher speeds. If you see a hazard ahead on an unsealed road, slow down and try to maneuver around it.
Confusing or Missing Signs
A lack of signage, confusing signs, missing signs and obscured signs can be dangerous because they make it hard for drivers to anticipate what's ahead. This increases the risk of accidents and getting tickets for running stop signs and other traffic signals. Consider using an app to fight traffic tickets so that you don't end up paying hefty fines due to signage issues.
Animals on the Road
Of all animal-related hazards, deer are responsible for the most collisions. They're active between dusk and dawn, so it's important to be particularly cautious when driving during those times. Be especially careful when passing through large wildlife habitat areas because animals will often bolt across the road without warning.
These sites often put up signs to warn motorists of narrow lanes and construction equipment. However, other dangers may be closer than you think. Avoid distractions like loud music or cell phone usage while driving through these areas because you might not know when your vehicle can bump into a nearby construction object on the road. Also, narrow lanes can make it even harder to make evasive maneuvers if required.
Vehicles with Dim or Non-Functioning Lights
When other vehicles don't have their headlights on, you might not be able to see them until it's too late. And if a vehicle's taillights are out, you could accidentally bump your car because you couldn't see it in time to stop. Moreover, if your headlights are out, avoid getting on the road until they are repaired.
Old Vehicles without Anti-Lock Brakes or Air Bags
Older cars might not have anti-lock brakes or airbags, making them more dangerous to drive. If you're still using an old vehicle, make sure you're prepared for any sudden maneuvering or evasive action. Look into newer vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes and airbags if you're upgrading.
Unclear Road Marking
Roads with unclear marking due to weather or wear can be hazardous. You may not spot a road marking until it's too late. So, if you spot missing or unclear markings, consider driving slow to keep your vehicle in control at all times.
Driving when it's foggy, smoggy or dusty can impair visibility. It's especially hard to see pedestrians and other vehicles on roads with low visibility. If necessary, pull over or slow down until the weather clears up, so you don't increase the risk of causing an accident or getting a ticket.
Driving on a well-maintained road is safer than driving on a poorly maintained one. The same goes for roads with good signage and lighting instead of roads with poor signage and dim lighting.
So, if you sense any of the factors mentioned above, please be extra careful in driving. At the end of the day, it's your safety that matters the most!