Bad human judgment accounts for about 90% of all car accidents. This fact is a sobering wake-up call to how many people drive with reckless abandon on the road. Are you one of them? Consciously or not, you could be practicing a few bad habits on the road that make you a dangerous driver to others.
What follows is a few bad driving habits that you may have been guilty of practicing in the past. Read on to find out why these “no-brainer” bad habits need to be nipped for good:
1. Driving under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs
Drunk driving is a leading cause of car accident deaths on the road or highway. Multiple government campaigns on drunk driving exist detailing how alcohol can adversely affect your senses, especially your ability to react. If you’ve had a bit too much to drink, be conscientious and hail a cab, or even better, ask a sober friend or family member to come pick you up, so that you, and others, stay safe while on the road.
An April CBS News report reported that drugged drivers were killed more in car crashes than drunk drivers for the first time ever. Clearly, there is a lack of public awareness on how the misuse of prescribed drugs or use of illicit drugs can impair the brain and body while driving.
Of the most typically abused drugs, marijuana smoking or ingestion slows reaction time, and impairs coordination as well as distance and time judgments. Drivers who have taken methamphetamines or cocaine can be aggressive and reckless on the highway. Motorists who depend on benzodiazepines, a kind of sedative, can exhibit signs of drowsiness and/or dizziness. Good drivers understand that alertness on the road is directly related to not taking influential drugs so that they remain as clear-headed and