We all think we know how to drive safely but sometimes, it takes an actual road accident to make us realize what we’re doing wrong behind the wheel. Just to remind you again how to take better care of yourself on the road, we have prepared this special list of big driving no-nos presented by your favorite characters from Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Check it out!
1. Falling asleep
This is arguably as dangerous ad drunk-driving because the effects of sleep deprivation have been compared with the effects of intoxication. Remember: anytime you drowse off while driving, you can end up in a high-speed road collision. If you feel that you can’t drive without being sleepy, then don’t drive at all! Better yet, get sufficient amount of rest before you go or have someone drive for you instead.
2. Driving without a seatbelt on
The seatbelt is overlooked by many drivers but studies show that wearing a seatbelt saves more than 13,000 American lives each year. No matter how short your trip is, buckling up is a must for your road safety. As the driver, it is also important to set an example for your passengers. Why would the passengers in your car strap themselves in when you’re not wearing a seatbelt yourself? It’s an extremely dangerous habit that you must try your best to avoid.
Speed limits are there for a certain reason. Keep in mind that as you go faster, the chances of crashing become higher. For this reason, it is much safer if everyone drove at a constant speed in main roads and highways. Speeding must especially be avoided during inclement weather conditions where the risk of skidding is high.
4. Losing your cool
Needless to say, getting stuck in heavy traffic or being put in a difficult situation on the road by another driver can be infuriating. Keeping a cool head oftentimes spells the difference between a violent road altercation and you getting to your destination safely. Instead of letting the road rage get in your head, why not turn up the radio and blow off steam listening to your favorite tune instead?
5. Improper braking
It’s a simple thing but braking at the incorrect moment (usually while driving distractedly) can result in an accident. Even for long-time drivers, it’s very important to focus on your driving and avoid activities like talking on your mobile phone or checking your laptop (yes, some drivers actually use their laptops behind the wheel!). Always mind your braking to ensure you and your passengers arrive at your destination safely and smoothly.