Seeing the number of accidents multiplying each day makes me seriously doubt that locomotives were invented for our luxury needs. Owning or driving a vehicle nowadays is similar to keeping a gun pointed towards your head all the time.
If we go into fact and figures, let me tell you that over 2.38 million people in the US are killed or injured in an accident each year. It is high time that we sit back and reflect on what we are doing wrong.
Let us discuss the most common driving issues that lead to death and let us find out how we can avoid them.
1. Driving while being drunk
Will you ever like to operate a blading machine while being drunk? I think most of you will say no as blades can hurt a lot if you are not conscious. Then why would you ever drive a car while being drunk? It is also a machine. It needs care and consciousness to operate.
Every year thousands die while thinking that they are not that much drunk. They consider themselves fine and drunk drive. Do not fool yourself. Always leave the idea of driving yourself if you have taken even a few shots of alcohol.
You must be wondering how you should deal with this situation. Here are a few solutions:
- Call a good friend. Ask them to drive for you.
- Book a cab back home.
- Take a lift from someone who is not drunk.
- Stay at your friend’s home unless you are sober again. That being said, deciding on doing the opposite will put you in an awkward situation where you might need an accident lawyer to help you out get out of trouble.
If you are taking such medications that contain alcohol or are sedatives in nature, you need to quit driving for a while. Many medicines have a direction written on them, which says, “Do not drive or operate any machinery while taking this medicine.” You need to look for this direction on every medication you take.
Always consult with your pharmacist or healthcare professional if you are going to take any medication, especially for the long term. Ask for alternatives if possible so that you can drive easily. Some diseases cannot be treated without sedation. In that case, avoid driving completely.
Some most common ailments which have “do not drive” medications are listed on the FDA website.
3. Ignoring traffic signals and guidelines
“Better late than sorry.” I am sure most of you have heard about this phrase, but it is high time now that we actually start implementing it in our driving.
Never ignore the speed limits. They are certainly put on the road for your safety. What will the police get by making you move your car slow? Absolutely nothing. So if you follow them, you are doing a favor to yourself.
Always follow the zebra crossing rules and keep everyone safe. Never rush when the signal turns green. Follow what traffic police say. They want you to be safe.
These are some must follow rules which can decrease the chances of you meeting any car accident. You need to take care of yourself if you want to live a long healthy life. Stay safe.