- Even if you do everything right, another driver could do everything wrong. Since you can’t control what other drivers do, your seat belt is your best option to increase your likelihood of survival in a crash.
- It’s simple. If you want to survive, wear your seatbelt.
Driving with Friends
- Friends, what would life be without them? But having them with you while you drive and vice versa significantly increases the chance of accident and injury.
- If you really care about your friends, don’t put them in a situation where the odds are not in their (or your) favor. Wait until you have 6 months of solo driving experience before having them ride along.
Cell Phones and Texting
- The latest studies show that driver inattention causes almost 80% of car crashes and that talking on a cell phone while driving increases your likelihood of having an accident as much as driving while intoxicated.
- Although it’s tempting to talk or text on the cell while driving, “I just looked away for a second” is not going to sound so harmless after a crash. Even if no one is seriously hurt, will that conversation or message have been worth it?
- • Wait to talk or text when you get where you are going or if you just can’t wait, pull over to a safe spot then gab or type away.
- Fatigue causes you to be less alert and more easily distracted while driving. The problem is most people aren’t aware that they are dozing off until it’s too late. If you feel tired, be pro-active and ask someone else to drive.
- Emotions, good or bad, affect your concentration and judgment and therefore reduce your ability to drive. If you are really excited (you got into the college of your choice) or upset (a break up or bad grade) wait to get behind the wheel or ask someone else to drive.
- Multi-tasking is great skill, except while you are driving. To keep on top of any driving situation – even if you are only going a short distance, you need to be alert and focused. Besides, driving is a multi-tasking activity in itself – adjusting your speed, distance from other vehicles, anticipating other driver’s actions, and navigating are just some of the things you must manage, all at the same time. Don’t add to the burden by attempting to search for something you dropped, eat, drink, or change clothes while the car is moving.
- Drinking and driving. You’ve heard a lot about the perils of drinking and driving. But maybe you’ve seen adults have a drink or two and then drive home. No accident, no problem, right? But alcohol has a greater impact on teenage brains than on adult brains. Studies have shown that alcohol affects a teen’s psychomotor skills and judgment much more drastically than an adult’s. No matter how old you are, alcohol and driving never mix.