Motor car accidents are a harsh reality for many people who regularly drive on South African roads and around the world.
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth are among those cities that have the highest number of vehicle accidents resulting in badly injured drivers and passengers usually contributed to factors such as people driving under the influence of alcohol, talking on cellphones or falling asleep at the wheel.
There are so many reasons why we hear (and don’t hear) of car crashes and even the colour of the vehicles we drive may play a role in these incidents.
Below is an interesting illustration highlighting a few statistics relating to motor car accidents worldwide as well as a few of the safest cars to drive on the road.
Infographic: Motor Car Accident Statistics Worldwide:
What can we learn?
It’s pretty much about common sense and abiding to the road laws:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Don’t talk or sms on your cellphone while driving
- Do wear your seatbelt (even if it’s a quick trip to the shop)
- Drive within the speed limits
- Next time you buy a new car, consider the colour of your vehicle and its safety features
We also need to be wide awake and very alert while driving on our highways and byways as no matter how law-abiding and careful we may be, we cannot do anything about the carelessness of other drivers or in deed the ignorance of many pedestrians who also contribute to many motor car accidents in South Africa.
Drive safely people 🙂