Changing Seasons, Changing Driving Habits
There are so many things that impair you while you drive. For example: even though Daylight Savings started a month ago, drowsiness and poor visibility are two dangerous impairments to driving. I still am drowsy when I wake up in the morning since that fateful Daylight Savings day. Daylight Savings also ushers in spring where rain and cloudy days are abundant. It is so important to be safe when you are driving.
What You Can Do
There are a few things that you can do that will help to prevent crashes resulting in personal injury or simply damage to your vehicle. Some of them may have you thinking, “I already doing that” but it’s never a bad idea to sharpen up your skills at safe, defensive driving. Here are some things that you can sharpen up on:
• Make sure that you are aware of pedestrian crossings. It is important to go slower in areas where there are crosswalks, schools, and intersections in general. When it is raining or there is fog, it is harder to see pedestrians. If you drive slower, it is more likely that you will see a pedestrian in your path.
• Drive defensively. It’s hard enough to make sure that you are driving perfectly, but to be at the mercy of other drivers is another story. You need to make sure that you are attentive at all times. Make sure that you know where the vehicles around you are—leave enough room to “escape”—or simply slow down while on the lookout for the unexpected.
• Make sure that you are wide awake before you get into your vehicle. Driving drowsy is equivalent to driving under the influence. This is because your brain is not at its full capacity and will not notice when a car is cutting you off. If you are too drowsy to drive, pull over and take a quick nap before getting back on the road!
Utah Department of Transportation
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has implemented a program called “Zero Fatalities”. As I was driving on I-15 today, I saw that there have been 21 road fatalities in March alone. 21?! That is such a crazy number. There are 31 days in March and 21 people were killed…that would mean that almost every other day someone was killed. Driving distracted or drowsy driving were most likely the causes of some, if not most, of those fatalities.