It’s easy to forget just how dangerous driving can be. We do it every day (most of us do anyway), and for the most part we do it in a relatively relaxed and mundane setting. There is nothing scary or exciting about dropping the kids off at school, and the same goes for driving ourselves to work or doing the weekly shop.
But the danger here is that familiarity breeds complacency. While you might think that it’s very safe, driving still means taking charge of a powerful vehicle and travelling at incredibly high speeds – higher than we were designed to travel. This makes it very dangerous, and that’s why it’s so important that we stay vigilant and treat it as a serious matter every time we get behind a wheel.
In particular this means dropping some bad habits that many of us are guilty of. Most of us do things in the car regularly which are nothing short of highly dangerous and this needs to stop if you want to protect yourself and your family. Read on to find out what those dangerous things are.
You’d never fall asleep while driving right? Well actually, chances are that at some point you have. You won’t have dosed off completely of course, but there is a high probability that you will have at some point experienced a ‘microsleep’ which is the word used to describe the tiny sleeps that we can often have without even being aware. If are very tired when you’re driving, you can drop off for milliseconds at a time and never even realise it. That doesn’t make it any less dangerous though as it only takes a second for something to go very wrong. Make sure then that you don’t drive tired and that you take regular stops on long journeys, or you may actually be asleep behind the wheel.
Likewise you might think you’d never drink and drive, but still drink enough to be under the limit before getting in your car. Well I’ve got news for you: that is drinking and driving. While this is of course nowhere near as dangerous as driving drunk, even a single glass of alcohol can significantly dull your senses and reflexes and make a road accident far more likely. If it can possibly be avoided then – don’t drink at all.
Listening to the radio isn’t a big problem in the car for the most part, but changing channel or switching CD can be. In order to do either of those things, you will be forced to take your eyes off of the road and look down at your car stereo, and that means you won’t be watching carefully what’s happening in front. It only takes for the car ahead of you to stop suddenly then, and you can end up with marks on your driving record or much worse. Unless you have no other option, never look away from the front windscreen and mirrors while driving.
Hey, I am Samantha Brave; an internet savvy mom and a blogger. I work with a DMV driving record company and like playing games on my phone when I am not writing.