Dis­trac­tions, booze, fa­tigue com­mon crash causes

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Most col­li­sions are caused by a driver’s con­di­tion or ac­tions. Be­low is a list of the top 10 hu­man fac­tors that con­trib­ute to col­li­sions on On­tario roads. Top five driver con­di­tions 1. Inat­ten­tive driv­ing 2. Drink­ing and driv­ing 3. Driver fa­tigue 4. Med­i­cal/phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity 5. Drugs and driv­ing Top five driver ac­tions 1. Fail­ure to yield the right

of-way 2. Fol­low­ing too closely 3. Los­ing con­trol of ve­hi­cle 4. Speed­ing 5. Disobey­ing traf­fic con­trols Driv­ers are re­minded that many col­li­sions oc­cur when the driv­ing en­vi­ron­ment is less than op­ti­mal. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive when you’re tak­ing med­i­ca­tion that will af­fect your driv­ing. Al­ways wear your seat­belt and make sure pas­sen­gers are us­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate child car seat, booster seat or seat­belt.

Obey the speed lim­its. Slow down when road and weather con­di­tions are poor. Don’t take risks: don’t cut peo­ple off in traf­fic, make sud­den lane changes or run yel­low lights.

Don’t drive when you’re tired, up­set or sick. If you’re in doubt, let the other driver go first — yield the right-of-way.

Cut the dis­trac­tions: don’t over­crowd the ve­hi­cle or play loud mu­sic. Al­ways check your blind spot.

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