Limo drivers need to take note of potentially deadly driving mistakes. From time to time, Forbes Magazine publishes research on Ten Deadly Driver Mistakes. It’s unfortunate that in the last few published articles, the causes of deadly crashes on our nation’s highways hasn’t changed much except for an increase in the number of crashes resulting from text messaging. Because surveys show a majority of drivers admitting that they have committed some of these driving transgressions, the warnings bear repeating.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adnministration (NHTSA), drifting from the lane of travel is one of the most simple, but also one of the most deadly driving mistakes. That includes running off the road or wandering into an adjacent lane. It is possible that one reason why this driving behaviour is so dangerous is because it is very often combined with three other deadly driver mistakes: distracted driving and using an electronic device, especially for text-messaging; the driver being under the influence of alcohol; and the fatigued driver. Alcohol is a factor in 40% of the more than 40,000 traffic deaths that occur each year. According to the Automobile Association of America (AAA) one alcohol-related crash injury occurs every two minutes nationwide.
Underestimating weather conditions causes nearly 20% of highway fatalities, according to the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Poor weather is associated with 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries, more than 1.5 million crashes annually, and an economic toll of $42 billion. Speeding is dangerous all year round, but especially deadly during the winter weather conditions. AAA states that speeding is involved in about 13% of all crashes and 33% of fatal crashes. Speeding shortens the amount of time drivers have to react, and the single most effective way to avoid accidents is to slow down.
Road And Travel Magazine called road rage “contagious.” Around 1,500 people are seriously injured or killed in the U.S. each year as a result of a traffic dispute and/or an altercation. Closely tied with road rage is aggressive driving – cutting someone off, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating and speeding. These reckless behaviours angers other motorists and both actions can lead to trouble.
Rounding out the common deadly behaviours are: not wearing seat belts, closely tied with not using a car seat for infants and toddlers; not having eyes and ears checked regularly to make sure you have the ability to drive safely; and not knowing how to control the vehicle if you begin to slip or skid while driving. All of these driver mistakes can be avoided if you know and follow safe driving techniques, and remember to keep your emotions in check and slow down.