With schedules packed with work, meetings, and family obligations, the rush of daily life often continues out onto the roads. Although few people enjoy sitting in traffic, rushed or distracted driving can often have severe consequences. Safe driving habits can not only keep you from getting fines or having your license suspended, but they can also ensure the safety of you and others on the road.
Don't Drive While Impaired
We've all been warned not to drive drunk, and yet, drunk driving still contributes to nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. Even at low-levels, blood alcohol content can impair coordination and delay reaction time. A DUI or DWAI charge can also earn you a trip to court and can result in heavy fines, the loss of a license, or even jail time.
Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Get a good night's sleep before you go on a trip, and if you do feel tired, take a break to nap or wait until you feel more alert.
Speeding may not only result in a traffic fine, but it is also a contributing factor in many accidents. Speeding may not actually save you time; in fact, it can waste gas and money. Especially with gas prices rising, speeding is not the worth the wasted fuel or the risk of causing an accident.
If you aren't watching the road, following the speed limit or signaling correctly may not be enough to keep you from having an accident. According to the NHTSA, “20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.” To keep yourself alert on the road, keep your eye constantly moving between the road and your mirrors, and avoid using your phone while driving. Staying alert will keep you aware of upcoming traffic dangers, giving you time to react.
Being aware of your driving and your surroundings may prevent further accidents from occuring. If you have been charged with a traffic violation or suspected of DUI, please contact The Orr Law Firm LLC, Denver, Colorado's premier DUI defense law firm. Visit Orr Law online or call us today at (720) 279-9588.
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