Which driving behaviours are safe and which are unsafe? And what might be the common traits of safe drivers? This Q&A helps road users understand driving safely and factors that can help reduce the risk of crashes.
Knowing and understanding the behaviours and traits that are associated with safe drivers – and conversely unsafe drivers – can help people who drive for work, and their employers, implement measures that reduce the risk of road crashes and trauma.
4 Key Things To Know:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death at work, so reducing risk and frequency has multiple benefits.
- Using mobile devices and driving while tired are the most common behaviours displayed by unsafe drivers.
- Driver attitude impacts how safely or unsafely you drive – impatient and aggressive drivers, for example, are more likely to crash than patient drivers.
- Mirror and blind spot checking and safe following distances are associated with safe drivers; safe drivers reduce vehicle wear and tear and emissions.