Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely. This means they need to avoid common actions that can lead to crashes.
Unfortunately, drivers do unsafe things regularly. Each time they do this, they’re putting other drivers at risk of being injured in a crash. All drivers should avoid these actions when they’re behind the wheel.
#1: Trying to multitask
Multitasking when you’re driving is always dangerous. You need to give driving your full attention. Cellphone use is a major distraction for driving, but there are also others that are possible. Actions, such as looking at roadside billboards or checking on the kids in the backseat, can take your eyes off the road long enough to cause a crash.
#2: Driving aggressively
Aggressive driving, which includes speeding and failing to yield the right of way to others, can also cause serious crashes. It’s always best to be a courteous driver who respects all the rules of the roads because that can help everyone to get to their destination safely.
#3: Nodding off
Drivers shouldn’t ever get behind the wheel if they’re tired. Even microsleeps of a few seconds can lead to crashes. Consider this: If you’re driving 55 miles per hour and nod off for five seconds, you will have driven the length of a football field without ever putting your eyes on the road.
#4: Driving impaired
Impaired driving, whether it’s from alcohol or another substance, is always a bad idea. Impairment alters your cognitive abilities. Your reaction time will slow down, which can lead to serious crashes.
Always leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Drivers tend to make poor decisions while they’re trying to rush. It’s especially important that you check the weather so you know if you need to leave early because of rain, snow or sleet.
Even if you’re driving safely, others on the road might not do the same. This puts you at risk of being hit by them. If this happens, you may choose to seek compensation for the damages related to the crash. There are time limits in Tennessee for these cases so be sure you don’t waste time getting the process started.