Many car accidents are caused by unsafe behavior on the part of one or more drivers. These accidents can result in devastating personal injuries that can permanently affect a person’s life. We can all do better when it comes to driving and try to engage in safer behaviors.
How to Avoid Dangerous Driving Behaviors
Here is a list of bad driving behaviors and how you can respond if you encounter them:
- Drunk, drugged or drowsy driving. One of the most dangerous behaviors possible, drunk driving causes a significant portion of car accident fatalities. Drowsy driving is not much safer than drunk driving and can lead to accidents as well. While some encounters with drunk or drowsy drivers are unpredictable, if you are driving and notice a vehicle that is driving erratically, keep your distance. As soon as you are able, find a safe place to stop your vehicle and call the police. Let them know where you saw the driver, what direction they were heading and what kind of vehicle they are driving.
- Speeding or reckless driving. While many drivers speed occasionally or just a few miles an hour above the speed limit, some drivers speed excessively, and there is always potential for danger with these drivers. All it takes is one wrong move, one slip of a tire or one car defect to create a catastrophic car accident. If you witness a vehicle coming from behind you at high speeds, it is best to give that vehicle a wide berth. Allow the vehicle to pass and notify authorities if necessary.
- Distracted driving. Nowadays, it’s far too easy for drivers to become distracted by their smartphones. Unfortunately, there’s little you can do to prevent other drivers from engaging in this dangerous behavior. You can, however, make a commitment never to drive distracted yourself, and impart that behavior onto your children.
1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”