Driving on the roads of Texas is a privilege, not a right. It will be up to you to operate your vehicle in a safe manner. Doing so will protect your own life as well as the lives of others on the road. There are certain driving mistakes that cost thousands of lives every year. You need to know how to avoid making them.
It’s crucial to cut down on speeding
Excessive speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed this. According to their report, speeding causes more than 25 percent of traffic fatalities each year. This is all the more dangerous when driving through populous inner-city areas.
Driving while distracted is a major issue
Distracted driving can be listed as another major cause of traffic injuries and fatalities. Drivers who are busy on their cell phones or fiddling with other devices can have their eyes off the road for 3 seconds. Experts have estimated that this amounts to traveling blind for the entire length of a football field.
Driving under the influence gets people injured
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a major cause of pain and suffering due to traffic accidents. Nearly 30 people lose their lives each day in accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. Drunk driving causes billions of dollars worth of damage to property.
Rash and reckless driving causes accidents
Even if you are not distracted or intoxicated, you can still be making poor decisions that can lead to an accident. Rash driving includes such acts as lane splitting, tailgating, cutting people off, or changing lanes with no warning. These are incautious actions that can take lives.