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Road accidents can happen for many reasons. Some are purely accidental, while others are caused by negligence or poor judgement.
In the following article, we’ll be taking a look at the five most common causes for road accidents in Singapore. The information from this article was taken and compiled from Data.gov.sg.
1. Failure to Keep a Proper Lookout (Distracted Driving)
Unlike the past, drivers are now faced with multiple distractions while behind the wheel. From smartphones and GPS systems, it seems a driver’s attention is never a 100% on the road.
According to Data.gov.sg, failing to keep a proper lookout has been the leading cause for road accidents over the last five years. In 2016, it resulted in 2,729 accidents and 41 fatalities on the road.
To prevent distracted driving from happening, drivers should always give their full attention to the road while behind the wheel. If needed, you should switch off your mobile phones and GPS system. If you're in need of navigation, either have someone direct you or simply memorize the route before travelling.
2. Failure to Have Proper Control (Reckless or Drink Driving)
A total of 1,058 accidents and 36 fatalities occurred in 2016 due to drivers failing to have proper control of their vehicles. We assume the primary causes are due by reckless or drunk driving.
Reckless drivers often end up in needless accidents. It happens when they speed and end up losing control of their vehicles. Kindly note that the faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be if you need to prevent an accident.
Drunk drivers on the other hand lose their ability to focus and function properly when behind the wheel. It is one of the most deadly causes of road accidents in the world.
3. Failure to Give Way to Traffic with the Right of Way
Accidents caused by failure to give way can actually be avoided if drivers were more patient on the road. This form of accident resulted in 882 incidents and 8 fatalities in 2016.
To avoid these kinds of accidents, remember to yield to vehicles that have the right of way. Waiting that few extra seconds won’t hurt.
4. Changing of Lanes Without Due Care
Another cause of accidents that could have been completely avoided. It resulted in 487 injuries and 4 fatal accidents in 2016.
To prevent such accidents from happening, always remember to use your turn signals and to check your blind spots before switching lanes.
Under no circumstances should you change lanes abruptly. If you missed your opportunity to switch lanes, just be patient and wait. Another opportunity is bound to arise.
5. Disobeying Traffic Light Signals (Attempting to Beat Red Lights)
When a traffic light turns amber, it serves as a warning for drivers to slow down. Yet, there are some who see it as challenge to step on the accelerator and continue going. In 2016 alone, disobedience of traffic light signals caused 112 accidents and 8 fatalities.
Yes, beating the red light will save you time, but the risk of getting into an accident will always high. It's better to be safe than sorry, and be aware that life is more important than reaching your destination earlier.
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