Driving Accidents in the News – The Leading Causes around the Globe
Whether you drive on the right side of the road or the left side of the road as in the UK, it is odd that drivers around the globe seem to fall into the same types of problems when it comes to being involved in accidents. Oddly, or maybe not so oddly, after all, it seems that there is a commonality in the reasons why so many accidents happen around the globe. According to ROSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the leading causes of accidents in the UK are drink driving, inattention to the road, speeding, not wearing seat belts and of course being a careless or aggressive driver.
Similarity in United States Statistics
It is an old cliché but oh, so true – people will be people, no matter where they live. You will notice that drivers in the United States have the same weaknesses as our neighbors across the ocean. As listed on the drivers.com website, the leading causes of accidents in the United States are:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
With ‘Distracted Driving’ now being the actual leading cause of accidents with fatalities. Whether you call it ‘Inattention to the Road’ or ‘Distracted Driving,’ it all boils down to the same thing. When you are behind the wheel, nothing should take your attention and your eyes off the road.
Showing Competency to Obtain a License
In the United States, each individual state has its own motor vehicle rules & regulations which are laws that you must follow. In order to obtain a driver’s license, you must take both a written as well as a driving test to show competency. The written portion of the test indicates whether or not you understand driving theory and the driving portion will determine whether or not you can put that theory into action. In the UK, the laws are similar in that you take both a written theory test and a driving test.
Many students prepare for the national theory test by taking free practice tests at TopTests.co.uk so that they are prepared for the questions being asked in much the same way. Many, if not most, of our states, also have practice tests online that can be accessed through the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
Be Responsible – You Are the Driver after All!
One thing is clearly evident in both countries and that is the fact that a huge number of people don’t put into practice what they learn in theory. You can read all the licensing manuals in the world but if you fail to drive responsibly then nothing can save you from being mortally injured in a car crash or fatally killing others by ignoring the laws. It is illegal everywhere to drive under the influence as it is also against driving laws everywhere to be toying with a mobile phone or distractedly chatting with friends while behind the wheel.
You are the driver so act like it! Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind focused on getting safely to your destination. That is your responsibility as a driver and if you can’t handle letting someone else drive if you are under the influence, then you have no business getting in the driver’s seat. Yes, accidents will happen but knowing the most common causes should be able to prevent a great number of them. Drive responsibly and save a life.