Driving is Not for Amateurs

Driving today is almost like being in a battle zone.  Everyone is trying to get from point A to point B, and many times we are so distracted that we don’t recognize the hazards along the way.   Distractions can come in many forms from being on the cell phone to focusing on personal problems or talking to a passenger.  Some of the hazards we are faced with daily are people driving at excessive speeds, many changing lanes without signaling, and inconsiderate drivers.  It shouldn’t take a collision or an incident to remind us to follow some basic rules of the road to stay safe.

Driving demands your full attention and your best judgment.  When driving in special situations or when certain hazards exists, attention and judgment become even more important.

You don’t have to wait until National Safety Month to practice these safe driving tips:

  • Obey the speed limit.
  • Slow down on poor roads, in bad weather, and in crowded areas.
  • Be patient and allow enough time to get to your destination.
  • Know the side effects of any medication you’re taking and be alert to such symptoms of impairment as drowsiness, excitability, altered depth perception, and altered reaction time.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Don’t multitask behind the wheel.
  • Adjust your mirrors, radio/CD player, or temperature controls before you pull out, not while you’re driving.
  • Don’t reach under or behind the seat to retrieve things or turn around to talk to passengers.
  • Put the cell phone down, especially in heavy traffic, at higher speeds, or in bad weather.