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Tips for Safe Driving

Danielle Cotton, Staff Writer

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Many high school students dream about the day when they are able to get their driver’s license. It is the right of passage into adulthood, however, with the freedom comes responsibility. Here are some tips to keep the Cowboys safe on the road. 

  • Do not text and drive.

Many people think that they have the skill to be able to multitask texting while driving. Most crashes in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving. Atempting to multitask means eyes and mind are no longer focused on the road but on your phone. If you really need to answer the text, pull off to the side of the road and answer it then.

  • Be cautious during bad weather.

Heavy rain makes it hard to see even a few feet in front of you so drive extra carefully. Make sure your lights are on so you have better visible ahead of you.

  • Do not drink and drive.

Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Alcohol causes a number of impairments that easily lead to car accidents. Alcohol reduces reaction time, coordination and lower inhibitions, which can cause drivers to make foolish choices. Underage drinking is also illegal. However if you do drink for whatever reason, have a designated driver or call someone to come and get you.

  • Maintain your vehicle in good working condition.

Schedule regular maintenance to make sure everything is working properly in your vehicle. If something does not sound or look right with your car, bring it over to an auto shop to have it check out so when you are out on the road your car does not break down and you are stranded.

  • Do not speed.

There is need to speed. You will arrive to your destination without having to speed. Speeding causes drivers to miss important signs or lights which will cause accidents to happen. Take your time and obey the speed limit.

 

  • Do not drive drowsy.

 

A study done by researchers at Virginia Tech have shown reports that about 20 percent of all accidents have people being drowsy as a contributing factor. Falling asleep behind the wheel can make you drift off the road or drift into another lane of traffic. If you are feeling drowsy, switch off with someone else and let them drive while you rest.

  • Wear your seat belt.

Wearing a seat belt will help keep you from being thrown around in the car or even thrown through the windshield and onto the road in the event of an accident. About more than half of fatalities in accidents were people not wearing seat belts. When the crash happens that seat belt will save your life

 

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