There is no denying that driving can be fun and thrilling – exciting even – but that doesn’t take away from the fact it is extremely dangerous too. Just think about the concept of driving in its most basic form for a second; complete strangers driving toward each other of 60mph plus with just a white line separating them. There is an awful lot of trust involved, and a huge amount of responsibility too.
That is why we have come up with the complete guide of things not to do when driving – those bad habits you steer away from – if you are going to be the responsible driver everyone out there needs you to be.
1. Driving Under The Influence
There is no delicate way to put this; most traffic-related deaths are a direct result of drink driving. It takes less than 5-seconds for alcohol to get to your brain and affect your decision-making skills. We all know this. We have all done stupid things when we are drunk. We all know that our reactions and clarity fall prey to drink, and yet thousands and thousands of people still get arrested for DUI every year. Well, you need to stop this habit. It is a killer. Luckily, there are more alternatives available than ever, especially with the rise of taxi-hailing apps such as Uber. It’s not just booze either. It is drugs. But as good as you may think you may be at driving while high, the risk you to pose to others shoots up dramatically.
2. Driver Fatigue
Forget all of the misconceptions you may have heard up to this point; driving while tired is every bit as dangerous as driving while drunk. It is as simple as that. One of the most irresistible forces in nature is the bodies need to sleep. When it needs it, it gets it. Tiredness leads to reduced reaction times, spatial awareness, and fatal accidents. The latter is due to the fact that most tired drivers fall asleep on high-speed motorways, where the body is almost coaxed into sleep by long and straight roads, as well as repetition caused by white lines and lights. So, if you are feeling tired at the wheel, do everyone a favor (including you) by pulling over to catch some sleep.
3. Distracted Driving
Society has become addicted to smartphones. They wake up and check them, walk around with them all day and then go to sleep with them. Unfortunately, this habit is not broken when it comes to a person driving. But while cell phones are the greatest distraction posed to drivers, there are other distractions that cause accidents too. Shaving, make-up, talking to passengers, eating, yelling at the kids for fighting in the back; all of it adds to the growing list of distractions while driving. It is a growing habit, and with it come growing numbers in accidents. It is also the reason why more and more people are starting to support the idea of driverless cars.