Thousands of people become injured on the roads every single year around the world. In most instances, those events happen through no fault of their own. However, there are lots of individuals who make terrible decisions when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. With that in mind, this article will highlight some of the most dangerous things people do on our roads today. Hopefully, the information will encourage most drivers to act safely and reduce the number of injuries innocent people sustain.
Breaking the speed limit
Contrary to popular belief, speed limits aren’t there to stop people having fun or extend the time they spend on the road. Speed limits are set by the government based on the conditions of the highway, and the likelihood of accidents occurring. So, anyone who drives faster than the recommended speed will put lives at risk. They will also find themselves on the wrong side of the law if police officers notice their mistake. For that reason, all driver should ensure they always keep a close eye on the signs along their routes. People who break the speed limit are:
- More likely to lose control
- More liable to cause a crash
- More liable to end up in the courtroom
Not wearing a seat belt
Most US states have now implemented laws that require motorists to wear seat belts behind the wheel. Indeed, New Hampshire is the only location in which adults don’t have to wear a belt inside their vehicles. With a bit of luck, lawmakers in that state will change their regulations during the next few years. Not wearing a seatbelt is a terrible idea because it could result in severe injuries. That is especially the case if the culprit is a passenger sat in the back of the automobile. In the event of a crash, that person could fly forwards and injure the driver. Seat belts can:
- Reduce the risk of fatalities by up to 45% for drivers
- Decrease the risk of fatalities by up to 75% for passengers in the rear of the car
Driving while under the influence
Drivers might end up with a restricted license or worse if they choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Research proves that reaction times will increase with every unit of alcohol the individual drinks. So, people who do that are asking for trouble. Also, statistics show there were 10,265 deaths on the road caused by alcohol-impaired motorists during 2015. That is a shocking figure, and one society needs to decrease. People who are concerned about their consumption just need to:
- Invest in a breathalyzer device
- Leave the keys at home if they plan to take alcohol or drugs
After reading that information, people should begin to take those issues a little more seriously. When all’s said and done, nobody wants to lose a loved one in a road traffic accident. However, there is nothing worse than learning the individual only had themselves to blame. For that reason, all drivers should open their eyes and act sensibly on the roads in the future. Failure to do that could mean the fatality figure of 10,265 deaths rises in 2017.