You risk your life, and the lives of others, every time you get into a car. Sadly, people die in automobile crashes everyday, and yet more people are afraid of flying than driving. Instead of joining the masses of careless and carefree drivers, be one of the safe, alert and aware drivers on the road!
First of all, you should never drive under the influence. Sure, it’s easy to get DUI help these days, and those beers may seem harmless, but don’t do it. Don’t overestimate your limit, and, if you exceed it, call a cab or a friend.
It’s obvious that you shouldn’t drink alcohol while driving, but what about soda? In most countries, people don’t eat and drink in the car. Americans seem to think it’s normal. Unfortunately, it’s dangerous. If you absolutely need to eat or take a sip of water while driving, do so with extreme caution.
The same goes for music. Be careful when you’re adjusting the stereo, radio, or your iPod; a lot of accidents happen that way.
Avoid the king of all accident causes: the cell phone. Texting while driving may be worse than drinking! If you must talk on the phone, use an ear piece so your hands are free. Even then, though, be very, very careful.
Don’t get angry in the car. Angry drivers are dangerous. Why are you in such a hurry? If you have a tendency to get angry when you’re in a rush, try leaving sooner than you think is necessary.
Relax. Relaxed drivers are safer on the road. That doesn’t mean you can fall asleep at the wheel, though! Be calm and alert at the same time.