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The 5 D’s of Driving to Avoid: Dangerous, Distracted, Drowsy, Drugged, and Drunk

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Every year, thousands of Florida residents and visitors die in car accidents. There are five poor driving habits – the 5 Ds – that are behind most of these fatal accidents. Knowing what these are and how to avoid being a victim is the best way to keep yourself others safe while on the road.

Dangerous Driving

It’s important to always follow the rules of the road. Some examples of dangerous driving include:

  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Passing illegally
  • Refusing to yield
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding

Some people engage in these risky behaviors because they are running late for an appointment. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, so you don’t feel like you have to speed.

Distracted Driving

There are many distractions you may face while behind the wheel. This includes things like food and drink, pets, children, and more. However, the biggest distraction is the smartphone.

It’s important to remember not to send or read texts while you are driving, no matter how pressing your message seems. If you have to send the message or talk on the phone, make sure to pull on the side of the road first.

Drowsy Driving

If you happen to nod off behind the wheel, this can cause serious problems – for you and other drivers. If you feel like you are nodding off, be sure to pull off the road. You can take a nap in a parking lot if necessary.

Remember, coffee is only going to offer a short boost of energy and just mask how tired you really are. If you are on a road trip, make sure not to drive too much. Rather than driving all night, break up the trip into two days and sleep somewhere overnight.

Drugged Driving

Everyone should know it’s illegal to do drugs and then drive a vehicle. However, most drugged driving comes from over the counter and prescription drug use, rather than street drugs.

With prescription drugs, you may experience drowsiness and it may slow down your reflexes while behind the wheel. Be sure to get to know the most common side effects of a drug before getting behind the wheel. Also ask a doctor or pharmacist about how drugs are going to interact when taken together.

Drunk Driving 

This is an issue that’s easy to avoid, if you think about it. If you plan on drinking alcohol, don’t attempt to drive a car. Issues arise because people believe that alcohol doesn’t have any effect on them. Some people believe that eating a large meal while drinking is going to reduce the effects of alcohol – this isn’t the case.

Never drink and drive. If you drink, have a designated driver, or call an Uber or cab.

Call for Legal Assistance

If you are in an accident that involves another driver who is guilty of one of the five “Ds” mentioned above, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced car accident lawyer. A lawyer can walk you through the process and will work to get you the money to need for your injuries and expenses.

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