Driving Online Facts and Tips:
Driving Online and the Physical Condition
There are numerous physical conditions of a driver that can contribute
to unsafe driving – your responsibility is to prevent or compensate
for them until you become a safe defensive driver.
cars are comfortable and entertaining; air conditioning creates a
cocoon-like relaxing atmosphere, there are radios and CD players and
GPS devices and even TVs to entertain, cruise control limits your
need to monitor your speed, there is the temptation to talk on your
cell phone, etc. They may make driving more pleasant, but they also
tend to let your attention wander away from your driving task and
driving defensively. Never sacrifice your dring safety for a momentary
diversion – if you can’t multitask then DON’T multitask..Also,
most of us have a busy life-style and often do not get enough sleep.
This is particularly true for young people. Defensive driving studies
have shown they require more sleep than older adults, and that they
actually get less sleep than older adults. Before you get on the road
for a longer trip be sure you get plenty of rest the night before
Defensive Driving, Driver Safety and Drowsy Driving
Department of Public Safety web site has a lot to say about ‘Drowsy
Falling asleep at the wheel is known as the “silent killer”
because it is under reported as the cause of fatal traffic crashes.
There is no accurate test to determine the level of sleepiness like
there is to determine intoxication and there is little or no police
training in identifying drowsiness crash factors.
Driving tips to prevent a fall-asleep crash
ahead and get plenty of sleep before hitting the road
If you start to feel tired, pull over
If you are not stopping for the night, find a safe, well-lit area
and take a 15-20 minute nap.
Being well-rested or stopping when you feel tired are the best defenses
against falling asleep at the wheel. Caffeine from coffee or energy
drinks can promote short-term alertness, but it takes 30 minutes
for it to enter the bloodstream. Blasting a radio, opening a window
or other similar tricks to stay awake have not proven to be effective
defenses against drowsiness. These will make you a better defensive
driver and contribute to traffic safety in Texas.
In a 2002 poll, nearly two in ten drivers admitted to falling asleep
at the wheel in the past year. (National Sleep Foundation)
51 percent of adult drivers feel sleepy while they are driving. (National
Males and young adults ages 18 to 29 are at the highest risk for drowsy
driving. (National Sleep Foundation)
Other groups at high risk are shift workers whose sleep is disrupted
by working at night or working long or irregular hours and people
with untreated sleep apnea syndrome and narcolepsy. (NCSDR/NHTSA joint
report “Drowsy Driving & Automobile Crashes”)
In Texas, a reported 256 drivers were involved in fatal wrecks in
which fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel was the cause of the
crash. Another 4,558 drivers were involved in injury wrecks and a
total of 7,711 drivers were involved in property damage wrecks in
which they were fatigued or asleep. (2001 DPS Motor Vehicle Traffic
Drivers and Defensive Driving
another physical condition that affects driving skills is how old
you are. It is a fact that reflexes, eyesight, and numerous other
physical characteristics that are involved in driving simply deteriorate
and Older drivers and driver safety
drivers need to compensate for these conditions. Slow down, allow
greater distance between your car and the one in front, get your eyes
checked annually, be sure any medications you take do not cause drowsiness,
effects of aging on driving skills was addressed recently in Texas.
Effective September 1, 2007, the Texas Legislature passed a law, known
as Katie’s Law, which requires drivers 85 and older to pass
a vision test in order to have a driving license renewed, and that
the license will only be valid for two years rather than the standard
six years. It also prohibits the renewal of licenses electronically
for drivers age 79 and older. This law and others relating to Texas
Defensive Driving and Drivers Safety can be found on the TEA (Texas
Education Ageny) 's website.
of Driving Laws and Driver Safety in Texas
ability to drive properly and safely requires you to know the rules
of the road...and obey them while driving defensively in Texas. If
you do not know the driving laws it can reduce your reaction time
and reduce the amount of time others have to safely react to your
driving maneuvers. Ask yourself these questions while you are driving:
I being a Defensive Driver?
How will you and others react on the road?
What rules are you and other drivers supposed to follow?
If you are unable to answer these questions, it is likely you will
not know how someone else will.
Comedy Safe Driver 3D Defensive Driving wants you to remember these
common driving errors can lead to serious traffic collisions.
to obey traffic laws.
Failure to maintain your vehicle.
Discourtesy to other drivers.
Lack of driving knowledge.
Bad judgment/poor decision making.
the Driving Task and how it realtes to Defensive Driving in Texas
should be aware of the factors that effect your ability to be a good
you see clearly out your windows? Are your mirrors correctly set?
What's the weather like? In other words, are you prepared to drive
drivers take first things first. Before you go anywhere buckle up.
Be sure there is enought gas in your tank before you head out and
become a road hazard impairing driver safely. Speaking of road hazards,
What's that up ahead? A pedestrian? A blown-out tire? Do you have
blind spots where someone or some hazard is located? One of the little
known facts about serious injuries and death from vehicles is that
many occur right at home and simple defensive driving techniques could
have prevented them. The majority of vehicles have little or no visibility
right behind the rear bumper. Trajic accidents involving children
being backed over apon in driveways are common. Before backing up
make sure the coast is clear.
the weather? Make sure your tires, wipers, cooling system etc. is
up to the task before braving the bad weather. Driving appropiately
for the weather conditions is a definite "Do" when driving
in a vehicle such as cell phones, pets, smoking and eating can cause
you to miss a hazard on the roadway or make a poor decision critical
to driving safely.
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