The authorities have done a lot, just in the last five years, to try to make driving safer on our roads. They’ve introduced a bunch of new laws relating to texting while driving. And they’re currently investigating ways to include passive alcohol detection in cars. But, as yet, the human element of driving is still with us. And that means that there are bound to be a mistake. Here are the deadliest mistakes drivers are still making, according to the data.
#1: The Weird Effect Of Inclement Weather
We’re used to the idea that driving in the rain is more dangerous than driving in glorious sunshine. It increases braking distances and reduces visibility. But that might not be the only way that inclement weather affects driving. Recently, the University of California asked whether bad weather had any lasting effects on driving habits. They found out that even when the inclement weather has passed, driving can still be more dangerous the next day. The reason is apparently entirely social. It’s because drivers are desperate to get out of their homes and go to the shops to resupply. And, as a result, they fail to adopt the same stringent safety practices that they otherwise would. There’s an increase in the amount of spending. And drivers spend more time weaving in and out of traffic.
#2: Alcohol Use at Driving
One of the biggest issues right now for American drivers is drunk driving. According to the statistics, alcohol is involved in up to 40 percent of all deaths on the road. And it’s a factor that contributes to 60 percent of deaths involving people aged 16 to 24. Alcohol use is so prevalent, in fact, that millions of individuals are arrested under suspicion every year. Of course, many of those people are guilty of committing an offense. But a good chunk is simply collateral damage in the fight against drunk on our roads. If you’ve been a victim, your DWI could be dismissed by Scheiner Law.
The other important factor in alcohol use is the fact that it reduces the level of responsible decision-making on the road. David Salmon of New York Police points out that people under the influence tend to wear their seatbelts less. They also experience more extreme road rage and are less able to steer the car correctly.
#3: Not Using A Car Seat
Believe it or not, car accidents are the leading cause of death for 2 to 12-year-old children. Part of that sobering statistic is because there are just so many accidents on our roads. But it’s also partly down to the fact that a lot of parents still aren’t using car seats.
#4: Driving With Outdated Glasses
People’s eyesight changes over time, and so too does their prescription. But many drivers don’t bother updating their glasses. Instead, they carry on driving without really being able to see where they’re going. According to the NHTSA, 90 percent of all the information needed to drive safely is visual. Thus, drivers should get tested every year or so to see if their prescription has changed.