Driving too slowly can tear a whole in the emotional space time continuum. If can also ruin an innocent person’s day. CLICK HERE if you missed the beginning of this article.
Roadway hazard No. 1 – The distracted texter
Distracted driving has increased significantly with the rise of the cellular phone and today’s smartphone. There are so many ways to text and message others, it’s frightening to think about what damage a driver with a smartphone can do. A recent Carnegie Mellon study found that driving focus is reduced by 37 percent when a cell phone is used.
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Slowing down to text and subsequently being rear-ended may not explode the texter’s insurance premiums like it will for the driver behind, but that doesn’t mean the texter is innocent of wrongdoing. Throw in other activities like shaving, makeup application and throwing back a 40-ounce and you can see that problems can snowball. If you need to do something other than drive, pull over. If you’re buzzed, sleep it off before returning to the road.
Roadway hazard No. 2 – The accidental (or not-so-accidental) tourist
A stranger in a strange land isn’t familiar with the landmarks and signposts of civilization. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t civilized or intelligent enough to drive through such areas in a way that doesn’t threaten lives. If you’re easily distracted by shiny things, seek intensive therapy before sliding behind the wheel. If you aren’t familiar with an area, study maps. Look at things with Google Street View so that you aren’t stunned into driving like you’re suffering a stroke at 20 mph in a 50 mph zone. Just because you aren’t paying attention to traffic around you doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
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Roadway hazard No. 3 – The newbie driver
Popular perception is that new drivers streak out of the gate like demons on wheels. The truth is often flip-flopped, though. As most new drivers are tentative and uncertain, venturing out in the car resembles dipping one’s toes in the stream. Overcompensating leads to riding the brake pedal, which causes traffic jams. Que strains of murderous rage, and the will to hold bad behavior in check.
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