Road trip season is getting closer by the second. But while many look forward to some quality time with friends and family, for others it might be a time of undue tragedy. With road fatalities usually rising during the summer months, it’s a good idea to be aware of what causes accidents – and how to avoid them.

Because cares not just about your car, but about you and your family, we’ve compiled this handy list of common car accident causes below:


Weapons of mass distraction

The leading cause of road accidents is not focusing while driving. Whether you’re just shooting off a quick message to a friend or making sure your kid doesn’t spill their drink all over your seats, taking your eyes off the road for even a second can prove to be fatal.

So, do your best to focus on the task at hand – reaching your destination safely. This is where a co-driver comes in handy. Bring along your spouse or your buddy to keep the kids in check, send any urgent texts on your behalf, or to take over when you’re feeling groggy and distracted.


None for the road

While for many the festive season means shots and beer, it’s best to leave the celebrations until after you get there. According to Arrive Alive, 50% of drivers in fatal road accidents have a blood alcohol concentration above 0,05 grams per 100 millilitres – with the current limit being 0,05% or less. Rather stick to good old-fashioned water during your drive – or Red Bull if you need a kick!


Dangerous driving

Your Speedy Gonzales impression is never really appropriate for the road, and the holidays are no exception. Speeding greatly increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident, with Arrive Alive reporting that fatal collisions at 80 km/h are 20 times higher than collisions at 32 km/h.

Reckless driving is also dangerous, including unsafe overtaking, ignoring traffic signs, and changing lanes into tight spaces. Consider not only your life, but those of your passengers and others on the road – responsible driving is a lifesaver!


Stay insured

Should the worst happen and you are involved in an accident, the last thing you need is to deal with time-consuming admin in order to get everything sorted afterwards.

That’s why tries to save you some of the trouble. We’ll deal with the Road Accident Fund on your behalf, as well as taking care of other hassles, such as vehicle towing, repairs, and replacements. Just another way in which the right car insurance can ease the headache of accidents!

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