Deadly Mistakes Drivers Make, and How to Avoid Them

by sem on September 10, 2013

How to Avoid Deadly Driver Mistakes

Every day, thousands of people die in unnecessary vehicle-related accidents. Here are a few of the biggest deadly driver mistakes you want to steer clear from. Pun intended.

Ignoring the Obvious

There are many driving deaths every day that could have been prevented simply by doing the obvious. That uncomfortable lump of metal you’re sitting on? That’s a seatbelt. You plug it into the other thingy and it keeps you from Supermanning out of your car in the case of a collision.

Taking Risks

Did you know that if you go 75MPH instead of 65MPH for 30 miles, you’ll arrive less than 4 minutes earlier? Less than 4 minutes! You spent twice that amount of time in the shower, standing there, doing absolutely nothing! Speeding doesn’t really save you much time at all.

Distracting Yourself

Whether you’re eating that burger and fries, texting your boo, or constantly changing the song (AKA “DJ Clueless”), distracted driving plays a major role in vehicle deaths. It may be tempting, but with every distraction, you’re putting yourself at a greater risk. And if your boo really can’t wait five minutes for your “I     U” text, well, then, maybe you should look into finding someone a little more self-assured.

Thinking You’re Okay to Drive

Drunk driving is a huge problem in America, and it’s not only people who are completely trashed, getting behind the wheel and driving into the neighbor’s swimming pool. In fact, it’s mostly due to people who wonder if they are okay to drive, and then get behind the wheel anyway. “I’m only going up the street,” or “I’m not THAT drunk” are two of the many ways buzzed people justify drives that could very easily end up in tragedy.

The same goes for tired driving, and even driving when you’re angry, or sad, or just overwhelmed by emotions. Anytime you’re not thinking clearly, you should not be driving. Here’s a handy rule of thumb: If you have to wonder, “Am I okay to drive,” then the answer is, “No. You are not okay to drive.”

Be a Discerning Passenger

Did you know that you can have an impact even when you’re not the one behind the wheel? If your friend (or taxi driver) isn’t in the best state of mind to be driving, suggest pulling over to switch for a while. Perhaps they aren’t thinking as clearly, or as objectively, as you are. Maybe they are being stubborn, but speaking up might just save their life – and yours, too.

You can also help keep the driver safe by being a good passenger. Don’t be a constant distraction. If they are feeling a little bored, engage them in a conversation. They’re driving you all over the place, the least you could do is help make sure you both arrive safely.

What You Should Do

If you really need it spelled out: Don’t break the law. Do pay attention. Treat your car like a loaded gun, because it is. It can take lives just as easily, and as such, should be treated with the very same care and respect.

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