Driving a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility and the number of people practicing bad driving habits has increased tremendously. Vehicles have become a social hub for young teens and somewhat of an office for professionals.
Here is a list of some of the most dangerous driving habits:
1. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
The majority of traffic-related deaths are due to drunk driving. Alcohol impairs your ability to operate a vehicle and your ability to react. If you’re planning a night out on the town and you know you’ll be drinking, take a taxi or find a designated driver.
2. Driving Tired
Driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. People who drive when they are too tired have slower reaction times and could possibly fall asleep at the wheel. If you are having trouble staying awake while driving, pull over on the side of the road and take a nap. You may get home later than you planned but that’s a small trade for your safety.
Speeding is the second leading cause of traffic accidents. The faster you go, the more likely you are to be hurt in an accident. The IIHS did a study that shows the likelihood of a crash increases when the driver goes above or below the speed limit.
4. Distracted Driving
How many times this week have you looked to the car next to you and seen someone on the phone or eating while driving? NHTSA estimates there are 660,000 distracted drivers on the road most of the time.
Next time you get behind the wheel, make sure you avoid these dangerous driving habits. Avoiding these habits will not only keep you safe but will keep the people on the road with you safe.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another, call McMinn Law Firm and schedule an appointment today.