The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an entire portion of their website devoted to raising awareness about the dangers of risky driving behaviors. Since most crash deaths and injuries are completely preventable, it’s important for drivers to understand the dangers associated with certain types of driving. From drunk and distracted driving to speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors, the NHTSA has the information and stats to keep you informed on the latest research and safety measures being implemented across the country.
Top Risky Behaviors Behind The Wheel
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drugged driving
- Not buckling up
Drunk and Drugged Driving
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts everybody on the road at great risk. It’s important to note that many legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous when mixed with driving. If you’ve been drinking or if you’re taking any drugs, legal or illegal, that can impair your ability to safely navigate the roadways, don’t get behind the wheel.
Being sleepy behind the wheel can have a similar impact on your ability to safely drive as being drunk. The NHTSA is encouraging motorists to be aware of the dangers associated with driving while drowsy and on the importance of being well rested before getting behind the wheel.
Speeding and Aggressive Driving
Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors, like weaving and following too closely, can disrupt the flow of traffic and put you at an increased risk for causing an injury causing or even potentially fatal car crash. The NHTSA reports that speeding killed 9,262 people in 2014. Always give yourself extra time to get to your destination, so you’re not tempted to go over the speed limit.
What About Seat Belts
According to the NHTSA, an estimated 27.5 million people still don’t buckle up their seatbelts on U.S. roadways. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Don’t count on airbags alone to save you. Buckle up for every trip.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast due to a dangerous or risky driver, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.