Just about every driver knows that you should refrain from driving after drinking alcohol, but that’s not the only prerequisite for a safe journey. Read on to learn more about four other behaviors that should be avoided to ensure driving safety.
Never Text and Drive
This one has been hammered home by so many outlets (at least in recent years) that one would think it might be obvious, but, alas, that isn’t the case. A 2019 study showed that nearly 25 percent of all car accidents in the US are caused by texting and driving. If that alone doesn’t give you pause, consider this comparison: Drivers who text behind the wheel are six times more likely to get in an accident than drunk drivers. If your mobile phone has a function that disables the texting function when a vehicle is in motion, engage it to avoid temptation. Otherwise, just leave the phone out of reach with the ringer off while in the car.
Never Drive While Smoking Marijuana
As recreational marijuana is now legal in eleven states and counting, users might be tempted to believe that they can get away with puffing behind the wheel. This is simply not true—it still counts as “driving under the influence” and you could get arrested. Cannabis is still a mind-altering substance, and you’ll be putting yourself and other road users at risk if you drive while under the influence.
Never Change Clothing While Driving
While this one might sound comical, it happens more often than you’d think. Even the act of pulling a sweatshirt on or off is too distracting when you’re trying to safely operate a vehicle. If you need to make a wardrobe adjustment, pull off to the side of the road and take care of it there.
So what’s the bottom line? Your focus should be on the road and the surrounding conditions, not your phone or your shoes. The more distracted you are, the greater the risk—to others as well as yourself.
Never Drive Drowsy
Most people have been guilty of this one at one time or another, but it’s every bit as neglectful of driving safety as texting while on the road. One of the worst collisions in California history involved a bus driver falling asleep and rear-ending a semi going high speed. Even if you don’t actually fall asleep at the wheel, your reflexes and cognitive function slow down when you’re tired or drowsy. Pull over and find a place to rest for a while before moving on.
When Driving Safety Tips Aren’t Enough
Even if you follow all of the best practices for safe driving, accidents happen. Whether you make a mistake or someone else on the road does, anyone could find themselves stuck on the side of the road. When something goes wrong, make sure you know a company that will assist you quickly and efficiently.
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