In the United States, every ten seconds, there’s a new vehicle accident which contributes to the 40,000 estimated deaths annually. What are the main causes of these accidents and how can they be prevented?
- Distractions while driving: In Colorado, it’s illegal to tweet, text, email, or do any type of “posting” while driving – and for a good reason. Driving distractions cause between 25 and 35 percent of all accidents. Smartphones are making it increasingly easy to be distracted when driving with text messaging and constant access to the internet. However, these devices aren’t the only distractions that are driving up the percentage of accidents. Messing with the radio, talking to a passenger, and managing children all culprits as well.
- Drunk driving: According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and more than 150 people are killed in alcohol-related accidents every year. Colorado has a strict zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. Your license will be revoked immediately if you’re underage and have a BAC of .02 percent. Make sure to always have a sober designated driver, no matter your age, even one drink can impair your judgement.
- Driver fatigue: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue contributes to 2 percent of nonfatal accidents and 2.5 percent of fatal accidents in Colorado. To avoid fatigued driving, take notice if you’re yawning frequently or if you have trouble keeping your eyes open. Make sure to take a break from driving every two hours and avoid long drives after you’ve worked all day. It also helps to drive with someone to make sure that you stay awake or switch off driving.
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