The 6 Most Dangerous Things That Drivers Do
Don’t do these things when you’re behind the wheel.
Many people involved in traffic accidents often say, “It wasn’t me, it was the other persons fault!” Okay. So what was the other person doing? Are you the other person?
Often, contol error is a key factor in a wreck. Here are a few things not to do if you want to keep from becoming the cause of an accident. Most of these are no-brainers. Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of seemingly brainless drivers on our roads.
1. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
We all know someone who has been caught drink driving. Just dont do it! Plan ahead and avoid taking your car keys out with you if you plan on drinking alcohol. Taking a cab or using a designated driver if you’re planning a booze-fueled night on the town. Doing so can avoid tragic consequences. As laws governing the use of marijuana become relaxed in some places, it too has the potential to become a bigger part of the traffic accident statistical mix. You may think you’re good at driving high, but chances are that you aren’t. Police officers trained to look for signs of impairment will explain this as they lead you to the back seat of the police car. Penalties for drink driving can be found here
Speeding is the second leading cause of traffic fatalities after drunk driving. Did you know the faster you go, the more likely it is you’ll be pulverized in a crash? An object in motion, and so forth. Even though they may sometimes feel arbitrary, posted speed limit signs are there for a reason. When everyone travels at the same general speed, things are more predictable, and the roads are a much safer place. Remeber speed limit signs are not targets! Also drive to the conditions of the road. Speeding penalties information can be found here
3. Driving when you are tired
Driving when you are tired is just as dangerous as drunk driving. When your body needs sleep, it’s going to get it, one way or another. People who insist on driving when they should stop for a rest will have slower reaction times and are likely to fall asleep at the wheel. The results usually aren’t pretty. Drivers who are sleepy or asleep tend to crash on high-speed roads, and they usually don’t do anything to avoid the crash in the moments before impact. Driving when tired or fatiged information can be found here
4. Careless driving
Careless or reckless driving, better known in many parts of the world as “driving like a dick,” is a good way to cause a crash. This includes swerving, weaving in and out of traffic, accelerating and braking suddenly, among other things. The laws on careless driving can be found here
5. Not wearing a seatbelt
A seatbelt could save your life! Airbags certainly make cars safer, but they’re designed to work in conjunction with seat belts, which help prevent passenger ejection during high speed crashes and rollovers. Really, putting on a seat belt is such an easy thing to do, it’s almost incomprehensible that people don’t wear them. Consider that many accidents occur at low speeds near home, so even if you’re “just running down the street” on a quick errand, just buckle up!
6. Being Distracted
You know the score, Shave/put your makeup on at home, and turn off your mobile phone while you’re driving. Its agaisnt the law to be texting and driving, eating and driving, and all other activities that take motorists’ eyes and minds away from the road. How many times in the past week have you looked into someone’s car at a set of traffic lights only to see that they couldn’t see you, because they were on the phone? There’s plenty of things to be looking at on the roads so you should have your attention 100% on your driving and awareness.