Over­load­ing of ve­hi­cles – The Dan­gers

Jamaica Gleaner - - MATIONAL RAOD SAFETY COUNCIL'S -

speed up be­cause of how far ahead he can see – un­til a pedes­trian sud­denly steps into the street and the driver can’t stop in time. Or a driver speed­ing along High­way 2000 may be do­ing just fine – un­til a tyre blows out, and the driver loses con­trol of the car.

Speed­ing may get you there faster, or it may keep you from get­ting there at all!

Im­pedes the driver’s abil­ity to con­trol and ma­noeu­vre the ve­hi­cle as the driver’s op­er­at­ing space is re­duced. This is why many driv­ers, es­pe­cially with pas­sen­gers, are seen driv­ing with their hands hang­ing out­side of the ve­hi­cles.

With over­load­ing, seat belts are of­ten not used as the aim is to pack in as many per­sons as pos­si­ble into the ve­hi­cle as you would sar­dines in a tin.

With over­load­ing, if the col­li­sion is to the front end, the pres­sure on the oc­cu­pants is from the front and the back. This is be­cause:

The front is crushed in send­ing pres­sure to the cen­tre.

Pres­sure from the back is cre­ated when the pas­sen­gers in the back are thrown for­ward. Tyre trac­tion is re­duced Brakes have to work harder

Sus­pen­sion sys­tem is stressed

Over­tak­ing power is re­duced

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