Driving is inherently dangerous. At any given time, a distracted, drunk,
or drowsy driver could be somewhere on the road around, with a few being
more than one of those things. While these behaviors are dangerous, they
are also preventable. Everyone shares in the responsibility to ensure
they are driving safely and promoting good habits behind the wheel. In honor of
June being National Safety Month, here are a few ways you can promote good driving habits when you head
out onto the roads.
Perhaps the most common yet deadly driving behavior found commonly on the
roads is driving distracted. Our busy lives combined with “convenience”
technology have made it easier to do multiple things than ever before,
but unfortunately a lot of people have combined these things with driving,
leading to an extremely dangerous rise in distracted driving accidents.
Studies have shown that while the brain has the ability to rapidly switch
back and forth between tasks, it can’t do two things at once, and
combining anything with driving takes brain power away from the road and
puts it on whatever you’re doing, leading to a dramatically increased
chance of an accident.
Cell phones have been one of the largest contributors to distracted driving:
while sending or receiving text messages or emails is known to be a dangerous
behavior, it’s also extremely dangerous to have a phone conversation.
Contrary to popular belief, Bluetooth and hands-free technology doesn’t
make driving while having one of these conversations any safer.
The vast majority of driving schools have all changed over to focus on
teaching a defensive style of driving. Defensive driving is operating
your car in such a way that you anticipate that any drivers around you
could make a mistake and put you in danger at any time. Therefore, defensive
driving is perhaps the best and most consistent way to promote good driving
habits, such as having suitable following distances, not driving beyond
the speed limit, slowing well in advance of a stop, and more. This way,
you keep your own safety as the number-one priority while behind the wheel
and any mistakes or misconduct behind the wheel from another driver has
only a minimal chance to come back and hurt you since you’re prepared
and ready for it.
Get Your Rest
Fatigued driving has been shown to be just as dangerous as drunk driving,
sometimes even more so. Those who are tired have their reaction time reduced,
attention drained, and are more prone to making mistakes that could lead
to dangerous accidents. If you’re tired or fatigued, let someone
else take the keys and do some driving, especially on long road trips.
If you have been injured in a car accident through someone else’s
negligence, call a Midland car accident attorney from Dean Law Firm online
now! Call (432) 214-8125 for a case evaluation.