If you’ve been driving for awhile, chances are you’ve gotten pretty comfortable behind the wheel. That’s a good thing—being a nervous driver can be just as dangerous as a lot of other things. But you should never get too comfortable to the point where you stop being cautious and start being careless. No matter how many driving years you have under your seat belt, you should always avoid these 7 things when you’re on the move.
We know what you’re thinking…duh! We almost didn’t include this one because it should be very obvious, but it happens so often, we couldn’t leave it out. Not drinking and driving is about so much more than just choosing not to drive when you’re “wasted” or “blackout”. The legal limit in Arkansas is .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). In case you were wondering…that’s not a lot. Depending on factors like what you’re drinking and how much you weigh, you can exceed that limit with less than two drinks. That means you can feel completely sober and still get arrested for driving under the influence. The law exists for a reason. Even when we don’t feel particularly altered, our bodies might still be running a little behind or off-kilter. So don’t take the risk—it’s not worth it!
Believe it or not, texting and driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. We know it’s hard to ignore your phone for that long, but dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is much harder. Many newer cars now have features that allow you to text hands-free with voice commands, which is a great alternative. If you have an older model, though, you’ll just have to wait until it’s safe to pull over before responding to that last text. Looking down at your phone for even just a split second could cost you your life, or the lives of others. A distracted driver is a dangerous driver! Don’t let that be you.
Doing Your Makeup
Sometimes it’s just one of those mornings — you get a late start, something goes wrong before you even leave the house, you spent 15 minutes searching for your keys — it happens to the best of us. It’s doesn’t matter how late you are, though — doing your makeup or personal grooming in the car should never be an option. Taking a few extra minutes to finish your makeup before you get in the vehicle is well worth the wait. You may be running late, but that won’t matter if you find yourself crashing the car because you weren’t giving the road your full attention.
Sitting Too Far Back
If you’re taking a long road trip or you just want to be comfortable in the driver’s seat, it can be tempting to scoot your chair back for plenty of stretching room. That’s actually really unsafe though, so don’t do it! There is a “correct” driving position for a reason, and that’s partly because of the potential consequences in the event of a collision. If your seat is far back enough that you can completely stretch our your legs or arms when applying full pressure against the pedals and steering wheel, you’re too far back. When we’re faced with impact, it’s our instinct to extend our limbs and stiffen up, but that’s the opposite of what we need to do. If you do get in a crash, your joints should be able to bend in order to absorb force. If they can’t, the bone-to-bone contact could make for a pretty grim outcome.
You may have heard that in some cases, driving tired can be just as bad as driving drunk. That’s true, but we know this one can be trickier than the others. Sometimes the reality of driving tired seems basically inevitable. Early mornings, solo road trips, sleep deprivation and a number of other factors can contribute to driving when you’re less-than-alert. But you have to be smart about it if you want to avoid becoming another statistic. If you’re taking a long trip, be sure to take regular breaks to replenish your energy. Seriously. Did you know 1 in 25 drivers will fall asleep at the wheel at some point in their lives? Try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep as much as you can, and don’t rely on coffee and energy drinks to get you through—although there’s nothing wrong with a morning cup of joe!
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