Distracted Driving

Paying attention while driving is the number one way to avoid distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving can involve a variety of actions. From using a cell phone to texting to eating while driving, all of these things can be considered to cause a distraction. Even just talking while behind the wheel to dealing with noisy kids in the backseat can take your attention off of the road.

Using a hands-free device does not offer much of a difference, although the perception is that it is a good solution. When your attention is elsewhere, some studies show you look, but do not see. In a study conducted by an insurance firm. Even voice-controlled systems take your attention away from the road. Just hearing the notification of an incoming text or email can divert attention at a critical time.

Here are some of the more common reasons why you may get distracted:

Use of A Mobile Phone

This is still by far the most common reason for a driver to be distracted, whether they are using the phone of just seeing who is calling/reading a text.

Eating

The authorities are now clamping down on people who eat while they drive, arguing (quite rightly) that they cannot be in full control of the vehicle.

Changing the Radio

we have all done it, reached down to change the radio station and taken our eyes off the road for a split second, but that is all that it takes.

Retrieving Something from The Back Seat or Floor

Many people have been caught outreaching into the back seat of their car or bending down to pick something off the floor.

Lighting A Cigarette 

while this is not as common occurrence as it once was, many drivers can be easily distracted while lighting up a cigarette.

A simple conversation with a passenger – these have been the reason for many serious incidents, and are so simple to avoid. You should never distract a driver while the vehicle is in motion.

Shaving or Applying Makeup

It may sound crazy but many people have been caught and prosecuted for either shaving or applying makeup while driving

Controversial Billboards

Surprisingly there have been many accidents which have occurred due to a driver’s attention being distracted for a split second by a billboard.

Checking Out an Accident

As mad as it seems, the sight of an accident on the other side of the road/motorway has often resulted in some mass pileups as other drivers stretch their necks to see what is happening.

Waving to pedestrians on the side of the road has often been the cause of many accidents whether it be family friends or someone you like the look of.

Even though you can probably relate to some of the reasons why drivers become distracted, there are some which are plain crazy such as attempting to shave or apply makeup while driving.

Teen Driving Risks

                                                TEEN DRIVING RISK

Many parents view the teen driving years with mixed emotions. On the one hand, a driver’s license signifies an end to the endless chauffeuring that is a hallmark of kids’ younger years, and this brings some welcome relief to parents. On the other hand, teen driving leads to no shortage of anxiety when considering the dangers that come part and parcel with seeing their kids behind the wheel of a car.

Below are a few teen driving risks you should know

  1. Driving in the Summer.

Summer is the deadliest season for teen drivers, with seven of the top 10 most dangerous days occurring during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the American Automobile Association. Teens drive more during the summer, which may account for the increased risk.

  1. Driving under the influence.

It is probably no surprise that impaired driving puts teens at risk. What might be surprising is that nearly 1 in 4 teens admits to driving impaired. Perhaps worse, is that of these, up to 34% believe that impairment improves their driving.

  1. Driving while sleepy.

Kids who don’t get enough sleep significantly increase the risk of being involved in a car crash while driving.

  1. Texting while driving.

Not much needs to be said about why this is a risk. Still, about 40% to 50% of teens admit to texting while driving. Engaging in other distracting electronics behaviors (like talking on a cell phone) also increases risks.

 

  1. Driving with peers in the car.

Teens who drive with teen passengers put everyone in the vehicle at risk. Teen drivers were more likely to die in a crash if they have one teen passenger, and far more likely to die if they had two teen passengers.

 

  1. Teen drivers who are comfortable with risk-taking.

Teens who are more comfortable with stressful situations and risk-taking are more likely to be involved in near-crashes or crashes.

  1. Riding with impaired drivers.

Teens who have ridden with impaired teen drivers are more likely to drive impaired themselves.

  1. Speeding.

Speeding as a factor in fatal teen crashes has been increasing in recent years. Half of all fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers have been found to be speeding-related.

  1. Being a female driver.

In a study by tire maker Bridgestone Americas, teen female drivers were more likely to engage in dangerous or distracted driving behaviors than males.

With an understanding of the dangers involved with teen driving and an intentional plan that includes placing strict boundaries on driving behaviors, parents can minimize the risks involved and help their kids stay safe during the teen driving years.

Driving Under The Influence (DUI)

Driving Under Influence (DUI) is an offense committed when a driver drives a vehicle after drinking alcohol or drugs or other narcotic drugs. Increased alcohol levels in the driver’s blood lead to diminished mental and motor reactions which, in turn, reduces the ability of the driver to control the vehicle. This dramatically increases the risk of the driver committing errors of judgment and often results in accidents causing severe injuries and even death.

In Georgia, as in the rest of the United States, drunk driving is the single largest cause of motor vehicle-related fatalities and accounts for an alarmingly high 40% to 50% of the total number of motor vehicle-related deaths every year.

Administrative Actions Against DUI

Georgia’s Laws have administrative implications in addition to criminal law against Driving Under Influence DUI. A police officer may arrest a driver if he or she is at the exact age of 21 or above and is driving BAC of 0.08% or more and if he or she is below 21 and is driving with BAC 0.02% or more.

Under this law, if you are arrested for Driving Under Influence DUI, the police will confiscate your driving license and issue a temporary 30-day driving permit (for first offense), complete a notice of license suspension based on the nature of the offense along with a warrant, if applicable; and send the entire set to the Department of Driver Services.

The driver may schedule an administrative hearing within ten days of the notice of suspension /revocation. Consulting the DUI lawyer in beforehand is good. If the hearing goes against the driver, his license will be suspended or revoked based on his previous five-year driving record. If he has alcohol related convictions or suspensions for this five-year period, his license will be revoked for two years, and if not, then it will be suspended for 120 days. You may be eligible to drive using the Limited Driving Permit for a first or second DUI conviction.

Road Rage On The Rise

Road rage is a term that describes violent behavior on the road. It can also be described as an extremely aggressive way of driving that is likely to cause accidents or incidence on the road. Road rage includes various driver acts and types of behavior such as Speeding or aggressive acceleration, cutting others, weaving in and out of traffics, sound the vehicle horn, flashing lights excessively, making rude gestures, shouting verbal abuse, hitting another person, throwing objects outside the vehicle.

There are various penalties applied for road rage. However, in reality, road ragers do not receive those strong penalties because in most cases road rage acts cannot be caught. If the police stop a road rager, it is most likely for him to receive a fine for careless driving. In the event of causing an accident, of course, the appropriate penalties are being issued.

Causes of Road Rage

Since road rage has been a problem for many years, it is curious to know what causes it.

Pure Anger

In many occasions road rage is caused by pure anger. Even calm and well-behaved people can fall into the road rage trap. If a driver gets irritated by another driver behavior, road rage can follow. Simple events such as not showing gratitude gesture after a driver has been let to pass first through a lane can trigger serious road rage response that is likely to lead to severe consequences for all involved in the situation.

Mental illness called intermittent explosive disorder

Some specialists think that road rage is caused by a mental illness called intermittent explosive disorder. The intermittent explosive disorder leads to uncontrolled explosive outbursts of behaviors such as throwing objects, breaking things, inflicting physical harm, etc. These outbursts are not proportional to the provocation or can happen even without provocation. It is an uncommon disorder, and some specialists even do not classify it as such although it has been used successfully in court to defend specific cases.

Crowded roads which create tension, impatience, and more opportunity for drivers to interact

Immaturity and poor attitude

The anonymous nature of driving which empowers some people because nobody knows who they are

Racial disrespect or prejudice

How to Handle Road Rage

If you find that you have agitated another driver, whether the fault is truly yours or not, do not react or retaliate to the other driver on the road. This will only cause the situation to escalate. Remind yourself that the other driver is just bad at handling stress, avoid eye contact and continue to practice safe driving habits.

Unfortunately, it does not look like this problem is going away anytime soon. All you can do is be a considerate, aware driver that follows the rules of the road. While it may be difficult in the heat of the moment, do not give in to feelings of anger or rage on the road. Think twice before you honk the horn or flip that finger because you never know what may set off the person in the cars around you. Getting home safe is more important than teaching someone a dangerous lesson.

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