Getting your drivers license can feel amazing. Road trips to go on, adventures to be had, memories to make. But sometimes in our excitement it’s easy to make mistakes - and mistakes can mean traffic tickets, accidents, and even serious injury. Want to start off on the right foot as an awesome new driver? We’ve compiled the top things NOT to do:
1. Text/surf the web: Aside from being illegal - driving distracted is one of the primary causes of accidents. Consider putting your phone into airplane mode while you’re behind the wheel and waiting until the car is parked and turned off to check into your social media empire.
2. Get dressed: Changing your clothes while driving might seem like not a big deal - but it can restrict your movements and reaction times which can cause an accident. Remember - it’s not just your driving you need to focus on and if you can’t react to another driver doing something unexpected - it could be very dangerous for everyone.
3. Apply makeup/shave: Even if you can put on lipstick or shave with your eyes closed - you’ll need those eyes open and focused whenever you’re on the road. If you don’t have time to take care of your grooming at home - wait until the car is parked to give yourself a freshening up.
4. Eat a taco, ice cream cone or other certain foods: Messy foods will have you looking for what fell on your lap instead of looking at the traffic around you. Don’t let your lunch leave you in the lurch.
5. Overcrowd the car: Always make sure that every person in the car has a seatbelt. This will keep you from overcrowding your car which can create dangerous distractions while you’re driving.
6. Driving Drowsy: Lots of us today have full schedules and are stressed out and overwhelmed. However being too tired to drive can have real consequences like slower reaction times and even falling asleep while driving. Across the general population, National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration estimates that fatigue and sleep deprivation contribute to some 100,000 reported crashes and 1,500 deaths each year.