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Alert, rogue insects cause car accidents

Everyone has had an insect fly into the window of their car, a bee, a wasp, even a housefly, whatever it is it’s fair to say that most people don’t appreciate the extra passenger.

In fact, a study done in the UK by the DVLA shows that those extra passengers can cost more than just gas money, those rogue insects can cause a car accident.

Insects traveling by car

Flying bee
The study was done in the UK, so these figures only reflect the accident records of that part of the world, however the findings are shocking enough to be newsworthy worldwide.

Consider that every year in the UK rogue insects cause 650,000 accidents and run up a tab of roughly $80 million dollars in damages.

The effect of these out-of-control insects is being felt worldwide. Imagine the danger in the Jungles of Africa and South America where the insects grow large enough to require a seatbelt.

Your insect repellent

The danger doesn’t come from the insect itself, they are incapable of plotting against us. The danger comes when the driver reacts suddenly to the rogue passenger.

Drivers of the world unite and resist the temptation to react hysterically should an insect enter your vehicle, they are only violent when provoked.

Should you be faced with this situation, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow:

Don’t

  • Slam on your brakes.
  • Take your hands off the wheel (even to cover your eyes).
  • Try to catch or swat the insect.
  • Let them see your fear.
  • Do

  • Remain calm.
  • Pull over if the insect scares you.
  • Keep your eyes on the road, not the insect.
  • Open all of the windows so they have an escape route.
  • Don’t let the insects win folks, the danger from swerving into oncoming traffic is far higher than the danger of a bee sting.

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