With the New Year’s Eve holiday quickly approaching, now is a great time to discuss safe driving. While drunk driving is certainly avoidable, so are many of the other behaviors that put us in danger on the road. Here are five things that you can do to keep yourself and other drivers safe as you travel to and from your celebrations.
There is an old ad campaign that says “Speed Kills.” It’s a simple statement, but a true one. For each mile over the speed limit that you choose to travel, you increase your chances of getting into an accident by approximately five percent. The risk increases the faster you are going. One of the easiest things to do on the road is to follow the posted speed limit.
Your vehicle is not a rolling dressing room, diner or phone booth. When you are behind the wheel, keep your full attention on the road ahead of you. Avoid distractions at all costs. Distracted driving is as dangerous, if not more so, than driving under the influence of alcohol.
Driving drowsy is a contributing factor in about 20 percent of all accidents that occur in the country each year. If you feel like you need a nap, don’t get behind the wheel. If you are traveling long distances, pull over when you get tired. Find a hotel or a rest stop and catch a few Zs before you head back out on the road.
Buckling your seat belt is something that you should do as soon as you get settled in the driver’s seat. It’s a shocking number, but 70 percent of young teenagers killed in accidents were not wearing their seat belts. These handy inventions really do save lives. Buckle up when you get behind the wheel.
Don’t be so irritated by the slow driver in front of you that you tailgate. One of the safest things that you can do is to keep your distance. There should be about three seconds of distance between your two cars. Wait until the car in front passes a stationery object and then count the seconds that pass before you move by the same object. If you don’t make it to three, you’re too close.
Driving safely is one of the easiest things to do, but it is often one of the most overlooked things. Stay safe as you head out this holiday.
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