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3 Dangers To Avoid on Your Next Road Trip

3 Dangers To Avoid on Your Next Road Trip

‘Tis the season of road trips, but before you hit the road with the family or to visit with family, take a look at this infographic. It’s a timely reminder of what not to do while driving so you can arrive at your destination safely.

3 Dangerous Driving Mistakes

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

  • 1 in 5 fatal accidents in the U.S. are caused by drowsy driving
  • 1 in 6 fatal accidents in the U.K. are caused by drowsy driving

Distracted driving (talking on the phone, texting, etc.) kills 9 people in the U.S. every day

Drinking and driving kills. We all know it. People still do it. Don’t be one of them.

 

 

Infographic provided by Wish.co.uk

Main post photo: photographer/copyright: saknakorn | iStock | Thinkstock

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9:09PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Great infographic, thanks.

8:16AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

and that goes for pedestrians who boldly walk onto crossings as well without looking.

I am not saying that you are one of those cyclists, but just like bad car drivers, there are bad cyclists who need to show just as much consideration.

8:15AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Hi Esther

In the UK I find that 'some' cyclists are a cause of many accidents because they are inconsiderate, we have made so many concessions for them in the UK, cycle lanes and waiting points at the front of traffic lights (which I have only ever seen motor bikes use), but that is not good enough. I see many cyclists illegally drive on the pavements, go over flyovers where they are not permitted, cut across the the middle of the road to make a turn without looking, go through red lights when there is traffic moving from the alternative lanes and most dangerously, driving in the blind spot of a large vehicle, mostly because they don't want to stop; heaven forbid if they have to put a foot on the floor! Maybe I should try and complete an entire journey in my car without using my brake!

There are many idiots out there, I live in London where they estimate that 2 million drivers do not hold a valid UK licence, have a road worthy vehicle or have insurance, there are also new drivers, hesitant drivers and people with screaming kids in the car... the lists goes on, much further than this articles statistics. You will never know their situation/capabilities until it is too late, so it is best to ensure that you are paying the most attention, anticipate every move that another road user 'might' make and not be complacent.

I always say, there is no comfort in your family standing at your grave stone saying 'he should have stopped' and that goes for pedestrians who boldly

7:08AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Hi Margaret, it sounds like getting a licence in the US in the 70's was more difficult than in the UK in the 90's. We never had to do any 'Driver's Ed, nor take a written test, we just sent off for a permit which anyone over 17 could do, took as many lessons as we felt necessary (in my case I took 20 and went out with a licensed driver a few times), then booked the test.

I can't believe how unlucky you were to have been mugged, these selfish people have no idea of the inconvenience they cause, not to mention the trauma. Although I am not surprised that the DMV were not equipped to deal with that back then and waiting three weeks for a 2 week permit sounds like something that would definitely happen in the UK.

We can send photos, but ours are also as strict, just like the ones used for passports. Or you can go to a post office and get it all done quickly.... I did that and never got to approve the photo...OMG it is awful! Ironically, it is not very clear either... also typical of the UK.

In regards to mobile phones, I am not 'with the times', I find them a nuisance and should only be used in an emergency.

As for circles/roundabouts, there are so many here it would take a normal country many years to do away with them and the UK many decades, so I don't see them being eradicated any time soon, it is a shame as I do agree that they are dangerous, we have some that are a nightmare with 5+ exits which is bad enough, but some people are hesitant, others are risky an

2:23AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

the driver first of all should make sure that he/she is awake & fully aware on what's going on on the street. I am a cyclist myself and am often shocked, how absent minded drivers are, simply "overlooking" cyclists and claiming "oh, I haven't seen you" ... and why: because they are not attentitive, feel "stronger" than a stupid bike and have not been on one in years so completely lacking this point of view, how dangerous certain pull over manouevers are especially in winter time with snow & ice on the side of the road, where room gets tighter and tighter. so you drivers out there, please be considerate also about others! I thank you!

4:29AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Thanks.

2:24AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

the most dangerous part is the NUT behind the steering wheel ?

6:24PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

I have commented on this article already.
Thank You!

1:25PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

& con't.... Since I had just renewed I hadn't been put back into the system yet & thus there was no record of me. Got that straightened out & was sent a new temporary license that was good for two weeks...it took three weeks for me to receive it in the mail. Eventually I was able to get it straightened out & then NJ stopped the photo ID for quite some time. NJ went back to the photo ID driver's licenses which must be renewed every four years. Now the photos look like mugshots, at least when I last renewed. Where I always wore my glasses before this last time I was told to remove them, not to smile, & it was good that I wear my hair back off my face as that was required. Plus, you need to bring all these different documents, for why who knows as no one really asks to see them. So be glad you only have to get yours every ten years. I'm pretty sure that 'Seniors' can take a refresher driving course but I'm not exactly sure where the benefit enters, maybe a small reduction in their auto insurance.

Lastly Alison, your roundabouts that you have in the UK, we had them at least in NJ only they were called simply 'Circles'. Slowly but surely the circles have been done away with as they were found to be to hazardous.

I realize I wrote quite a bit, wishfully I answered some of Alison's questions. I thank-you for reading this.

1:21PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

my post con't...Alison A., I live on the east coast of the USA & we to are having to deal with an increasing use of cameras. A police officer may not write you the ticket/summons but you may receive one in the mail as a picture is taken of your license plate & the process goes from there.

To give you one idea Alison, I took Driver's Education when I was in high school & was the age to do so. At the end of the course is the written test that is required to be taken by anyone wanting to obtain their driver's license. Then I needed to get a driving permit which allowed me to drive with a licensed driver. When you think you are ready you make an appointment @ The Motor Vehicles Division for your driving test. Like you, parallel parking was not good for me either. However, I was still able to pass & I got my driver's license that day. That was back in the 1970's. In the 1980's, New Jersey, where I was living at the time tried to start the photo ID driver's license. I'm an RN & was working 3:00 - 11:30PM so I went & got the new photo ID driver's license before work. Not living far from the hospital it didn't take me long to drive home. I parked my car, crossed the street & was headed towards the entrance of my apartment building & was mugged on the way. OMG!!! What a fiasco!!! Being mugged wasn't pleasant to be sure. But then I had to deal with Motor Vehicles. Since I had just renewed I hadn't been put back into the system yet & thus there was

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