Your Future Could Be Affected By Driving

If you’ve ever driven during rush hour traffic, you know the frustrations of drivers abandoning the rules of the road. Some fly down the side of the highway where there is no lane, some dip and weave in and out of traffic, and some engage in the strangest driving pastimes like combing their hair or even painting their nails. It’s difficult to remain patient when these drivers are putting other’s lives at risk.

Yet, surely we can all recall a moment when our mind was not exactly solely focused on driving. It’s hard to admit that there are times when we were actually the one to push the limit. Whether we are texting, perfecting makeup, or driving one handed while on the phone, we can all admit there is something we could improve about our driving skills. The safer we are while driving, the better chances we have of enjoying a long and happy future.

Preplan

It’s incredible how stress-free driving becomes when you are not pressed for time. You suddenly find yourself delighted to let someone merge in front of you. Stop lights no longer create two minutes of intense anxiety. Your nerves are at ease and you have a better chance of arriving safely and on time. It’s more possible to have that freeing driving experience when you preplan your drive. Before leaving, determine things like: what time you should leave the house, which route you will take, and how many potential stops are included. You will most likely be a calmer, safer driver when you aren’t forced to make last minute decisions, and that will be beneficial to all of the other travelers as well.

Avoid Distractions

When your phone buzzes, what is the first thing you do? For most people, a phone buzzing results in the immediate need to know who is calling or texting, even if that means you glance away from the road. That one impulse glance can cause your swiftly moving vehicle to crash into the car in front of you. To avoid that common issue, try switching your phone to the “do not disturb” mode, or turning off all sound effects. That simple adjustment just might save someone’s life.

Often times we don’t always realize how little distractions could affect us, until it is too late. That’s why it’s important that we think through everything that could impact our drive time. If you are taking medications, for example, read the side effects and ask your doctor how it could inhibit your motor skills. While some over the counter medications are seemingly harmless, simple allergy medications or sedatives can induce drowsiness and could even cause you to fall asleep at the wheel. More severe drugs like cocaine or marijuana can also heighten your aggression or slow your reaction time while driving. It’s very important that you avoid these substances when driving. The results could be dangerous, if not deadly.

Know Before You Go

Do you remember all of the things you learned in driver’s class? It wouldn’t hurt to refresh your understanding of the driving rules in your state. If you’re traveling out of state, also research those state laws to learn if there is anything new you should be aware of. For example, some states have an H.O.V. lane on an interstate that is only accessible to drivers with passengers at certain times of the day. Knowing these kinds of additional guidelines could prevent you from receiving traffic ticket or experiencing an accident.

Everyday, we are faced with the responsibility to sit behind the wheel of a rapidly moving machine, entrusted with the safety of our lives and the lives of others around us. Since it’s a part of our daily routine, it’s easy to forget just how serious of a situation it is. While we may not be able to change the poor habits of other drivers, we can definitely improve our driving skills and become safer drivers so that we can all have a safe and long future.

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