30 Jan How to Survive Trip on the Road
Every day, on the roads, someone crashes their cars, someone gets injured or even loses their lives. All of this can be avoided by respecting each other and remembering simple safety rules.
How to behave at a pedestrian crossing
How much is happening on it! Fights, swearing, comic and tragic moments, the manifestation of gallantry, miracles and speed of reaction. This is one of the most dangerous sections of the road, uniting and dividing us into two eternally warring parties: drivers and pedestrians.
If you cross the road, make sure the driver lets you pass. It is impossible to stop a vehicle instantly, even if it is moving according to the rules of the road with a speed of 60 km / h permitted in the city. Well, maybe about a thick lamp post. But to do it instantly before a pedestrian crossing is simply impossible according to the laws of physics. Yes, yes, I’m talking about the inertia of a one and a half ton metal object moving, for example, at a speed half the permitted speed – 30 km / h.
Quickly going out on the road, you will not leave anyone a chance: he – to listen to you, and to yourself – to speak. Just step on the crosswalk, show the driver that you are about to cross, and he will definitely stop to give you the opportunity to take advantage of it.
And one more important point: if they honk you at a pedestrian crossing, this does not mean at all “Run faster, I am in a hurry!. For example, another car or motorcycle that rushes from behind and simply does not have time to brake.
How to assess the safety of the road surface and not go into a skid
Let’s say you are driving a modern car on the modern Don toll highway M4 and have just passed the speed limit sign at 130 km / h. Be extremely careful if the temperature outside the window is below zero and there is drizzle on the asphalt. It means that the road is likely to be iced up even if you see dry asphalt. Just slow down smoothly.
The same should be done when changing lanes in the case when the lanes are cleaned, and there is a small amount of snow between them. Slow down and change lanes without sudden movements and accelerations. Otherwise, skidding cannot be avoided.
Since we are talking about drizzle and temperatures below zero, I want to warn you: beware of anti-icing agents that are sprinkled or watered on the roadway. This can play a cruel joke on you: a reagent designed for a temperature of -15 ° C will surely turn into oil if the temperature rises to zero the next day. And the spikes on the asphalt wet from such an oil reagent will only increase the likelihood of skidding and the length of the braking distance.
You should also be careful in the rain. Remember that on almost any road, if the asphalt was not laid yesterday, there will be at least a small track. This is the most dangerous thing that can be in the rain when changing lanes from row to row, as well as when moving in a lane.
The situation will be similar on the asphalt laid yesterday: the water will be evenly distributed over its entire surface with the layer necessary for aquaplaning.
And here’s another thing! Traction control and stability systems, traction control systems and ABS are unlikely to help with a sudden sharp skid at high speed. Under the cheerful crackle of these systems and the flashing of multi-colored lights on the dashboard, the car will playfully move in the direction of a ditch, bump stop or oncoming lane.
How to protect yourself on long trips and stay awake while driving
Many had to drive a car in the dark for long (and not so) distances along suburban roads. Traffic in such situations requires more attention than on a five-lane illuminated avenue of a large city. I adhere to the following rules and use the following tricks.
- If an oncoming car blinds you with a high-beam headlights and does not want to extinguish it in response to your persistent blinking with the same distant one, put your foot on the brake pedal. And then just shift your gaze to the right shoulder. The road will still remain in your field of vision, but there will be no direct hit of the high beam in your eyes.
- If it is cold outside the window, do not turn on the stove or climate control to high temperatures and do not undress to the T-shirt. Stay in your jacket and keep the cabin slightly warm. In such conditions, it will be less sleepy. In addition, if in a serious accident and freezing temperatures outside the window you find yourself trapped in the cabin, you will not get fatal hypothermia until the arrival of the Ministry of Emergencies.
- If you move on the track, the chance to doze increases. Firstly, because you do not stop and accelerate as often as in the city, and secondly, the flickering of road markings in a straight-line movement puts you to sleep like a pendulum. Check yourself: is it time to take a break? Sleep does not come suddenly. It is always preceded by a stage of fatigue and slow reaction.
- If you are a pedestrian and move in the dark along an unlit road, remember: you cannot be seen. Yes, not visible at all. Especially if you are a fan of Ozzy Osbourne and wear all black. Wear a jacket or cape with reflective stripes, or simply buy and attach something that reflects light to your clothing . For example, a small icon (flicker). Leave the driver a chance to see you.