Each year, thousands of Floridians die in car accidents. Knowing these 5 poor driving habits will help reduce this number, keeping us all safer. Remember, we all owe each other a duty to be as safe as possible while out on the road, so commit to reducing drunk, drugged, drowsy, distracted and dangerous driving.
This should be easy to avoid. If you intend to drink alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel of a car. Problems arise because people think alcohol does not affect them. They also might think that eating a big meal while drinking will someone reduce the effects of alcoholic beverages.
Remember not to drink and drive. Appoint a designated driver or take a cab or Uber.
Everyone should know not to smoke a joint or do harder drugs and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, most drugged driving stems from prescription and over-the-counter drug use, not street drugs. Prescription drugs can cause drowsiness and slow down a motorist’s reflexes. Check the common side effects for any drug you take, and check with your pharmacist about how drugs will interact in combination.
Nodding off behind the wheel spells disaster, for you and other drivers. If you feel yourself nodding off, pull off the road. You can then take a nap while parked in a parking lot. Remember that coffee only provides a short jolt of energy and simply masks fatigue.
If you are taking a road trip, then try not to drive too much. Instead of driving all night, break up the trip into two days and sleep overnight in a motel.
People face many distractions while driving, including children, pets, and eating or drinking. But the largest distraction is a cell phone. Remember not to read or send texts while you are driving, regardless of how pressing the message is. If you need to talk on the phone or send a message, then pull to the side of the road.
You should always follow the rules of the road. Dangerous driving includes speeding, tailgating, refusing to yield, passing illegally, and weaving in and out of lanes. Many people engage in dangerous driving because they are running late for appointments. Give yourself enough time to reach your destination so you do not feel rushed.
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