Ten Dangerous Driving Behaviors
I am Scott Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Law Firm. I would like to touch upon ten dangerous driving behaviors that are typically the cause for thousands of car accidents and significant injuries each year; many of which could have been easily prevented by individuals exercising a reasonable degree of prudence.
Firstly, driving without a seat belt – in 49 out of 50 states in the United States it is illegal to drive without a seatbelt. Aside from the fact that
it is illegal, the likelihood of sustaining a severe and life-altering injury is greatly enhanced when you operate a motor vehicle without a seatbelt.
Please get rid of the notion that you can drive around unbuckled because you have an airbag- that’s unequivocally and categorically false.
The next time you go to drive your car, please remember that all it takes is 2 seconds to click.
2. Along these same lines, I want to touch upon driving a vehicle with vulnerable passengers.
Please note that states have requirements for children to have proper seating and restraints dependent upon the child’s height, weight and
age. It goes without saying that you can never let a child drive with you without wearing a seatbelt.
Car seats and boosters have been shown to decrease the likelihood of a child getting injured in a car accident by up to 70%.
You must familiarize yourself with your state’s requirements for the proper car seat for your child, whether it be a car seat, low-back booster, high-back booster or the like.
Also, PLEASE Do not let rear passengers sit w/out a seatbelt. Some States have passed laws requiring all passengers, even adults who are rear passengers, to buckle up.
3. THE NEXT DANGEROUS DRIVING BEHAVIOR THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH UPON IS Texting and Driving – there is no text or e-mail worth your life, your kid’s life or someone else’s life who you didn’t see b/c YOU had to finish the text. EVEN JENNY MCARTHY’S 12 YEAR OLD SON GETS THE IMPORT OF THIS AS HE CALLED THE POLICE LAST WEEK
WHEN HIS MOTHER WAS DRIVING WHILE TEXTING.
In some states it is even illegal for someone to send you a text when they’re aware that you’re driving, so you may want to avoid getting your friends in trouble by responding to a text while driving.
COUNTLESS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE LIKELIHOOD OF A CAR ACCIDENT IS TREMENDOUSLY INCREASED WHEN YOU TEXT AND DRIVE, SO PLEASE, DO NOT DO IT. THE NEXT TIME YOU THINK ABOUT SENDING OR RESPONDING TO A
TEXT, REMEMBER THIS: ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY, Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
4. Other Forms of Distracted Driving: Talking on Your CellPhone,
Adjusting Your Navigation System/Radio, Eating & Grooming – You need to act like an adult and realize that when you’re multi-tasking while driving distracted, you’re asking for trouble.
THE NEXT TIME YOU THINK ABOUT SENDING OR RESPONDING TO A TEXT, REMEMBER THIS: ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY, Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
5. Driving Intoxicated – Aside from the very real chance of losing your license if caught, you’re basically driving a murder weapon when you drive drunk. I DON’T NEED TO BORE YOU WITH THE FACTS AND STATISTICES ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF SEVERE AND FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS WHEN SOMEONE GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL AFTER CONSUMING SOME ALCOHOL; YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.
PLEASE DO NOT LET SOMEONE ELSE GET BEHIND A WHEEL IF YOU KNOW THEY HAVE CONSUMED ALCOHOL.
6. OTHER ALL TOO COMMON DANGEROUS DRIVING BEHAVIORS ARE
Speeding & Aggressive Driving – ask yourself: is saving a minute or two on your trip worth possibly devastating someone’s life? Familiarize yourself with the speed limits. Do not lose your cool when behind a wheel. Road rage kills.
7. Look Before You Turn – countless pedestrian car accidents occur b/c drivers are only focused on vehicles and not pedestrians prior to turning. Take that extra second to look for pedestrians prior to turning.
8. Jumping & Timing the Light – If it’s yellow, it’s time to hit the brake. Also, wait the one extra second before proceeding into the intersection when timing a light b/c there may be an oncoming vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist.
9. Forgetting your Signals – Want to switch lanes? Let the people around you know! Switching lanes without signaling is illegal and it leads to far greater chances for an accident.
10. Driving When You’re Too Tired – There is no excuse to continue driving when you know you’re exhausted and begin to doze off. You’re endangering your life and the lives of all those around you.