Minor Distractions, Major Accidents
One of the most outrageous things we do pretty much every day is get into a machine that propels us through space at 35 to 65 miles per hour! Driving sometimes totally freaks me out. In my ideal world, I would have access to fast, reliable, and free public transportation that would take me anywhere, at any time. Or I would at least have the leg muscles to effortlessly pedal my way around. But this is the real world, and I often have no choice but to rely on a car to get places. I’ve discovered ways to minimize my risk of getting into an accident. Call me “over cautious” or worse, but I turn on my iPod while I am still parked and make sure that my playlist is long enough to last the duration of my ride. (I don’t want to change my music while driving because even minor distractions cause major accidents!) I eat before I get on the road, not while I am driving. I turn my cell phone on silent (not vibrate either) so that I am not even tempted to answer calls or text messages. And if I have friends in the car with me, I kindly request that they speak at a reasonable volume so that they don’t distract me!
I’ve seen the stats: being a safe driver means always being a sober driver. After all, driving while intoxicated is the top cause of motor vehicle accidents. Driving sober is about much more than driving without alcohol in my system; driving under the influence of drugs, prescription or illicit, is an unspoken but equally dangerous danger of the road. When I’ve been prescribed medications, I make sure to ask my doctor about how long I should wait before I get into a car to drive.
At times, my friends will roll their eyes at my many preemptive driving precautions, but I’d much, much rather be safe than sorry! Did I mention my car insurance rates being lower because of not having been in any accidents…..?