Safe Driving Begins With An Ounce Of Prevention
Airline travel. Terrorist attack. Lightning. Everyone is afraid of something, but most of us do not give a second thought to the greatest danger we face every day–driving. The fact is that our drive to and from work is probably the most dangerous thing we ever do, and we do it all the time. The following common-sense tips can help make your driving safer.
The best way to make driving safer is also the easiest: Buckle Up! Tests show that drivers who do not wear seatbelts are about twice as likely to die in a car accident than those who do, and they are also more likely to be injured. Using seat belts also helps protect you from the one thing you cannot control: other drivers. Make it a habit to wear your seat belt every time you are in a car. Make sure small children are in approved car seats and make especially sure that children too large to fit in a car seat stay buckled in.
Another simple but effective tactic is to keep your eyes on the road, especially around intersections and other places where cars come together. Although it sounds simple, all kinds of things can distract you from driving–from changing the radio station to looking for an address to “rubbernecking.” The only way to ensure that you are able to respond to whatever occurs around you is to keep your eyes open and your head up. Seeing a problem in time to avoid it may save your life.
Know Your Limits
Many accidents occur when an otherwise safe driver forgets his or her limits, even for a minute. Don’t drive faster than is safe, especially in rain or snow or on a crowded highway. Don’t drive when you are too tired. Studies show that sleep-deprived drivers can be as dangerous as drunk drivers and that even the loss of a few hours of sleep every night will lead to a reduction in motor skills and more accidents. And, of course, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
Enjoy the Trip
Finally, although we all know of these rules, we also sometimes forget them or do not follow them. Usually, we forget safe driving habits when we are impatient or in a hurry. Rather than rushing, relax. Enjoy the trip. Remember, you will get there eventually . . . unless you crash on the way.
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