Driving is something a vast majority of people do across the world, and an act which affects nearly everyone in one way or another. In a 2013 study, it is stated that over 35,500 lives had been taken due to motor vehicle crashes and accidents. Being that so many fatalities and avoidable accidents occur on a daily basis, it’s important to be aware of precautions to take and any tips or pieces of advice when concerning driving safety. While improvements in car manufacturing, safety, and technology have all been made, its crucial to understand the responsibility that comes with operating a vehicle.
Driving Safety Tips:
- Do not drive drunk. Do not hesitate to ask a friend, call a family member, or call a taxi if you have consumed anything that may impair your driving abilities, even if you believe you are okay to drive. About 30% of accidents are caused by driving under the effects of alcohol.
- Ignore and avoid distractions. It is safe to say that talking on the phone and texting fall into that category, but are just the most common. Do not apply makeup, eat, read, or verbally interact with other drivers or passengers.
- It’s important to keep your eyes on the road and focus on what is ahead of you.
- In difficult weather such as fog, hail, rain, or snow, be extremely careful. If necessary, drive as slow as you feel comfortable, watching the cars around you, and noting any curves or hills. If you are unable to see and do not feel comfortable driving, pull over on the side of the road, a safe amount away from traffic, and turn your headlights off.
- This will deter cars from seeing you and accidentally driving in to you, unable to notice that you are not moving.
- Do not speed. Speeding will not only eventually warrant you a ticket, but it is also a huge component in accidents. Go the speed limit, and never more than 5 miles per hour over.
- Do not tailgate other cars. Sudden stops due to being cut off at lights or traffic issues can cause serious damage and rear-end collision.
- Understand being a defensive driver is important. There is a difference between aggressive driving and defensive driving. Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, do not speed, and do not agitate other drivers. It’s important to remain calm and level headed in traffic and yield whenever a car intersects you, regardless of having the right of way. It may not be fair, but it will save you your health.
With the ever-changing technology and improvements made in the modern world, there will always be impediments along the way, some that only good judgment and careful acting can fend off. It’s important to be aware that when you are sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are not only putting your safety and health at the risk of others, but also putting others safety and health at risk when you are driving recklessly or carelessly. Its paramount that we be aware of our actions and others actions on the road and react to situations logically and carefully.