The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports over 6.5 million crashes nationwide every year. Unfortunately, these lead to more than 2.7 million injuries and 36,000 deaths. The ultimate reason for these accidents is the drivers. In fact, the NHSTA found that 94% of accidents were caused by the driver rather than vehicles or the environment. Here are some things to avoid to be present on the road and make good decisions behind the wheel.
One of the leading causes of accidents is distracted driving. This includes anything that takes your focus away from the road. It could be texting on your phone, applying makeup, adjusting the radio, or rubbernecking for an accident. Avoid these activities while driving and keep yourself safe.
29 people die every day from drunk drivers. Drunk driving happens too often because people think if their blood alcohol is below the legal limit, they will be okay to drive, but that is not true. Any amount of alcohol severely impacts your driving skills and can result in an accident. Wait until your body is completely free of alcohol, or use a rideshare app to keep everyone out of harm’s way.
Breaking the speed limit costs the driver reaction time. If you are speeding down the highway and there is something in the road you need to slow down for or avoid, you have a small window of time and space to brake or swerve. This causes a hazard for other driver’s around you. Use cruise control to keep from speeding and stay alert to postings on the side of the road.
Many don’t realize that driving while exhausted can cause major problems on the road. Sleep plays an essential role in our brain for our alertness. If you have missed a couple of nights, catch some sleep before making your next road trip.
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