Tips to Avoid Driving Dangers
Accidents can easily happen when ignoring obvious threats. Here are some tips to help you and everyone in your car stay drive.
The three most common causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving, all of which could be easily prevented with the proper planning and decision making. Car accidents are the biggest causes of accidental death, due to how common driving is and the speeds and forces involved with driving. It is important to always make sure you are safe in your car and that all passengers are secure. Here is how to avoid the top three dangers of driving:
1. Alcohol - Although the legal limit for alcohol varies from state to state, it is never recommended to drive after drinking alcohol. This can be prevented by either abstaining from alcohol when you know that you need to drive, waiting for your body to completely detox of alcohol, or assigning a designated driver when drinking with friends. Alcohol severely limits your reflexes, decision making abilities, and coordination. You should always plan ahead in this case.
2. Speeding - Speeding sometimes feels hard to avoid when in a rush or when roads are open at night. However, all roads in the United States have a speed limit for a reason. Speed limits are carefully calculated by experts, in order to maximize the efficient flow of traffic while minimizing damage. When a driver chooses to ignore the speed limit, he not only puts himself at risk, but also puts everybody else on the road at risk. Even if a road seems open, there may be an unknown obstruction or bend that could cause an accident, which you may not have considered. Always follow the speed limit and adapt to traffic conditions.
3. Distracted Driving - Distracted driving usually occurs without much thought. However, a simple day-to-day task such as checking a text or the weather on your phone could be the difference between life and death. Taking your eyes off the road for any reason other than checking mirrors, speed, or anything else essential to the task of driving, is extremely dangerous. Not seeing the road for over one second could cause a driver to miss seeing another car changing lanes, a devastating obstruction in the road, or a sudden bend in the road, amongst other threats.