While driving has become second nature to most of us, we frequently forget how dangerous the road really is. While you may be focusing your full attention on the road, that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone else on the road is paying attention. So without further ado, we have a few driving suggestions (or reminders) for you!
Try to ignore your cell phone while driving. Although it has become a part of our lives, cell phones are one of the most distracting things to drivers these days. Many states have even passed laws that ban cell phone use while driving. Florida is one of the 11 states that has not yet banned texting while driving; however, we believe it is not a good idea to text and drive at the same time. No text message is worth risking your life over.
Next, it may be the oldest rule in the book, but do not drink and drive. More than 30% of all auto accident fatalities in the U.S. involve drivers who are impaired by alcohol. Although you may think you’re okay, alcohol causes a number of impairments on the driver that can lead to accidents. And don’t forget about the stiff penalties you’ll receive if you get a DUI in Florida. If you refuse to take the test on your first offense, you’ll be carpooling to work for the next year.
And finally — as the old public service campaign once said, “Speed kills.” While it may save you a few minutes to your destination, it may not save your life. For every mile per hour you drive, the likelihood of you being in an accident increases by five percent. This risk increases quicker at higher speeds. Take your time and leave early enough to get to your destination on time.
There are many things you can do to keep yourself and others safe while driving. If you pay attention and keep distractions to a minimum, you will be surprised how much safer your ride will become. For more safety tips, visit http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/10-safe-driving-tips.htm/
And to help protect you from the many other dangers on the road, including, but not limited to, drivers who are texting, eating, putting on makeup, or sleeping, there’s the cutting-edge 2013 Cadillac XTS with safety features like rear automatic brakes and a radar sensor that will detect nearby dangers. Swing by our Leesburg dealership for a test drive today!