Earlier, we simply listed the most common driving dangers that drivers should try to avoid. We are now going to discuss those dangers in more detail and give you tips on how you can avoid doing them. Walker, Billingsley & Bair promotes safe driving and wants to help Iowans become better drivers by educating people and letting them know what can be done.
Have You Ever Crossed the Center Line or Swerved Towards a Car, because You were Distracted by Something Else?
Swerving is the number one fatal mistake made by drivers. In 2007, around 15,574 people died in car accidents simply because of drivers not staying in the proper lane. It’s sad to think that this many deaths could have easily been prevented if people would stay more alert and not let distractions disrupt their driving. You can easily prevent this danger by not letting distractions take your attention away from the road. Drivers should focus not only on the road ahead of them, but also what is going on behind and beside them so they can see and prevent any possible dangers before they happen.
What About Driving While You Were Overtired?
Research shows that the most common thing people said they have done while driving is being behind the wheel while feeling fatigued. Driving while drowsy is very common, every year people die due to accidents caused by sleepy drivers. You should always be sure to get plenty of rest before driving for a long distance. This will help prevent you from falling asleep while driving. Another way to avoid this would be to avoid driving during the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. which is when most accidents caused by sleepy drivers occur.
Never Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is another danger that may seem obvious to avoid, because it is likely to cause an accident, yet tons of people still do it. Did you know that every 40 minutes someone dies in a drunken driving accident? A couple ways to avoid drinking and driving would be to arrange for someone sober to pick you up and take you home, stay at the social gathering you are drinking at, or call for a cab if that service is available to you.
Have You Been in a Hurry and Driven Faster Than You Should?
Speeding is a major problem that can lead to deadly crashes. If you are traveling at a high speed and lose control or hit something, the impact is going to be worse and chances of you being able to gain control of your vehicle are not likely. Speeding is the second highest cause of fatal crashes; did you know that 30% of fatalities happen at 55 mph or beyond? The only tip we can give you here is to slow down and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination so you won’t be in a rush and want to speed.
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