Collision Avoidance

Defensive Driving and Collision Avoidance

Statistics show that 95% of accidents are preventable; it means that accidents can be avoided. There are different types of collisions one must be careful with, they are:
  • Head-on collision: When the front ends of two vehicles hit each other or hit a solid object, It's lethal at high speeds but the consequences can be controlled by using air bags and wearing seatbelts to reduce the impact.

  • Side collision: When the sides of one or more vehicles are impacted; if you are in the middle of this type of accident you should attempt to minimize the consequences by trying that the passengers or side drivers not be hit.

  • Rear-end collision: When a vehicle crashes into the front of other vehicle; It's usually caused by tailgating.

  • Rollover: This accident is caused by fast or excessive speed while turning, and the result is a vehicle over onto its side or roof, in order to prevent a serious impact you must wear the seatbelt.
Drivers must be focused on driving and in case of an accident they must react immediately, here we have three options:
  • Stop: If your vehicle is new, you can use the Antilock Braking System (ABS) by pressing on the brake pedal firmly, in order to stop without skidding. If you have conventional brakes, apply them as hard as you can and if the vehicle starts to skid, then let up on the brake pedal and repeat the operation until the car has stopped.

  • Turn: Sometimes It's easier to turn the vehicle than to stop it, but if you turn quickly you may put yourself in risk of skidding or rollover depending on your speed.

  • Speed up: Sometimes It's recommendable to speed up to reduce the impact in a collision; but you must be sure that you'll not produce another accident so you should check if there are other vehicles nearby and slow down once the danger has passed.