Driving safely – wherever and whenever.
Mobility attaches great importance to the safety of its customers. See below for tips for safe driving.
Tips for safe driving
- No phone calls at the wheel
According to the police, inattentiveness and distraction are the cause of one in five road traffic collisions. Drivers on the phone react over 50% more slowly!
- Keep your distance and avoid rear-end collisions
Rear-end collisions account for almost half of motorway incidents. Stay safe by knowing reaction times and braking distances: you should aim to keep two seconds behind the vehicle in front (more in bad weather) – you can do this by counting "21, 22" slowly when the vehicle in front passes a distinct and fixed point on the roadway. If you reach this point in under two seconds, you are too close.
- Safe loading
Insecure loads present a substantial safety risk.
- Reverse with caution
Most damage is caused during reversing and manoeuvring. Take great care when reversing, and manoeuvre at a walking pace (slower than 10 km/h). You never have priority when undertaking a manoeuvre.
- Have your eyes checked
Drivers should have their eyes tested on a regular basis. A clean number plate should be legible at a distance of seven vehicles (around 35 metres).
- Head restraints: it's all about proper adjustment!
A survey by the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) has shown that 60% of head restraints are incorrectly adjusted. Around 10'000 whiplash injuries are reported in Switzerland every year. Before driving off in a Mobility vehicle, please check that the restraints are properly adjusted:
- The top of the restraint should be at the same height as the top of the head.
- Also, the back of the head should be just touching the restraint.
- Stay alert at the wheel
Drowsiness when driving can have devastating consequences. Tired drivers misjudge speed and distances and react more slowly. Nodding off at the wheel for five seconds at 120 km/h means the car travels out of control for a distance equivalent to one-and-a-half football pitches. Look out for the warning signs: drowsiness is a sign that the driver needs a rest.
The organisation RoadCross is providing an important and well directed contribution towards road safety in Switzerland. Prevention work reveals to adolescents the long-term implications of traffic accidents resulting in social, legal and economical consequences. Mobility sponsors these educational activities and supports RoadCross with a donation.