When it comes to driving a vehicle you take on a lot of responsibility when you get behind the wheel. You are, first and foremost, responsible for yourself and that vehicle, as well as any passengers you have in your vehicle. Not only that, but you are also kind of responsible for the other people on the road with you, or you at least need to always be aware of them.
There are things that you can do that will help you be more aware. For some people, they seem like difficult tasks, but it really just requires you to pay attention to the road and what is going on outside the car a bit more that what is going on inside it.
Don’t Drink And Drive
One huge way to be safer on the road is to avoid drinking and driving. Alcohol and drugs impair your vision and your ability to concentrate, which are both things you need when you’re behind the wheel. Take a designated driver with you, call a cab or get an Uber. There are always alternative options to getting behind the wheel intoxicated.
Not only do you risk causing an accident, or killing someone, when you drive drunk, but you also risk losing your license.
Put Your Phone Away
Don’t text, don’t take or make calls, and definitely don’t mess around on social media while you’re driving. This is one of the biggest ways people drive distracted and it has caused many accidents and deaths. Put your phone away, it can wait until you’re parked.
Pick A Station Before You Put It In Drive
Your radio, iPod, and/or CD player are also a distraction while you’re on the open road. Looking down just a second to see what station you’ve flipped to is long enough to cause a fatal accident. Pick a station or a CD before you start driving and leave it there until you’ve stopped driving. Deal with the commercials or songs you don’t prefer, because it’s better than being dead.
Don’t Eat And Drive
One more driving distraction many people are guilty of is eating and driving. Just because it might not be illegal to mow on a hamburger while you drive doesn’t mean it’s safe. Even drinking a hot cup of coffee while behind the wheel can be a danger to you (if you spill it) and a danger to others (when you swerve after spilling it).
If you’re on a long road trip and you’re hungry, stop somewhere and dine in. If you need a snack and there is no restaurant, have a munching from the vending machines at a rest stop. By not eating in your car you’ll also have less cleanup and fewer stains on your seats!