We have already discussed some of the habits of the world’s safest drivers, so what is it like on the other side of the coin? Now that you know what you should be doing, it is helpful to become educated on what you shouldn’t be doing.
Not Wearing a Seatbelt
The National Highway and Transit Safety Association has stated that more than 75,000 lives were saved between the years of 2004 and 2008 by seatbelts alone. Seatbelts save lives, it is a proven fact. The inconvenience of wearing a seatbelt is negligible to the inconvenience of death. Once seatbelt wearing become a habit, most drivers forget they are even wearing them. Even low speed accidents have a much higher chance of being fatal if drivers are not wearing seatbelts.
Go ahead and Yield
Roads are extremely dangerous places and highways are some of the most dangerous place on the road. Cars move on highways at incredibly high speeds. This not only makes every collision more dangerous, it also makes them more difficult to avoid. Drivers who yield the right-of-way are much less likely to be involved in a highway collision. Yielding will only cost you a second or two of your precious time and it could save your life.
Distracted driving has become an epidemic worldwide. It is not just young drivers who are driving distracted, it is everyone. 16-year-olds and 45-year-olds alike are addicted to their cellphones and can’t seem to put them down while they are driving. If you are looking at your cellphone screen, you can’t be looking at the road. Make the decision to put your phone out of reach when you sit in your car. Remove temptation.
If you take the time to eliminate these potentially deadly habits from your driving, you can make the roads a safer place not just for yourself, but for everyone else!