Many people have been distracted by a cell phones and driving, leading to many accidents. During this article, I will be discussing helpful safe driving suggestions for young adults and new drivers. These tips are easy to follow and should make getting from point A to point B safer. At first glance, some of these ideas may seem obvious. However, all drivers must keep them in mind when operating a vehicle. These suggestions will help reduce the number of dangerous driving habits that lead to accidents.
5 Helpful Safe Driving Suggestions For Young Adults And New Drivers
First off, remember to always stay focused on the road, every split second counts. Wow, you say, a split second? Well yes, The average person can hold their attention for only a few seconds before they begin to daydream or let their mind wander to something else. That is why it is essential to focus on what’s happening right now, not what’s already happened or what could happen later down the road. It may seem counter-intuitive initially, but stay in the present and try not to think about other things except for driving while you are on the road.
1. Don’t Text and Drive
A study conducted by the National Safety Council revealed that texting while driving has become the most dangerous new driving habit. It is also against the law in all 50 states. Not only is this dangerous, but it can significantly increase your risk of a crash if you do it.
2. Don’t Drink and Drive
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chances of being involved in a fatal crash are 23 times greater for individuals who have been drinking and driving than for those who have not. It can also increase your risk of being involved in an accident on two levels. First, your reaction time may be much slower due to the amount of alcohol in your body. Second, if you choose to drive after drinking, you will be more likely to drive aggressively (race with other drivers) or pass on other vehicles illegally.
3. Wear Your Seatbelt at All Times
Make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelt. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 40 percent of people killed in an accident last year were not wearing a seatbelt. If you are in an accident and are not wearing your seatbelt, you have a higher chance of being ejected from the vehicle. It dramatically increases your chances of injury or death.
4. Always Keep a Safe Distance Between Yourself and Other Drivers on the Road
The best way to drive is to keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles on the road. It will allow other drivers more time to react if something happens unexpectedly. It is never too late to get additional driving practice, so take advantage of it. You never know when an emergency might arise where you need to exhibit expert driving skills. Always keep at least three seconds between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
5. Don’t Talk on the Phone While Driving
Forcing yourself to concentrate on the road is tough enough for most drivers, but trying to do it while talking on the phone adds to your already-trying situation. There is a chance that a distracted driver may cause an accident, but they are also more likely to cause an accident on one other level: they are more likely to be involved in a crash due to aggression and speeding.
Many things can distract you every time you get into a vehicle. However, these tips will help you be more focused when you drive and reduce your chances of an accident. Remember that vehicles are designed to get you from point A to point B, and when you get behind the wheel of one, you are responsible for ensuring that the travel using that vehicle will be as safe as possible. That is your responsibility to yourself and other drivers on the road as a vehicle operator.