Dangerous driving

 By Leslie Caveny

 

Dangerous driving comes in many forms, which can be easily avoided. At this time of year, when the roads are affected by snow and/or frost, it’s even more imperative to act responsibly when driving – not just for the safety of you and your passengers, but also the safety of fellow motorists.

Here are some of the most concerning behaviors adopted by drivers, which are easy to avoid. According to the National Safety Council, texting while driving accounts for 330,000 accidents annually in the US – equivalent to 25% of all road incidents.

The council also reported that general cellphone use while operating a vehicle accounts for a whopping 1.6 million accidents each year in the US.

Not surprisingly tailgating is an extremely common cause of accidents, also – and easily avoidable.

And, of course, there’s drunk driving. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that alcohol-related accidents account for more than $44 billion in annual damages on America’s roads, as well as nearly 10,000 deaths. This is the most dangerous of all driver behaviors.

By avoiding these bad behaviors when driving, we can help make our roads much safer.

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