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Accident-Free Driving is No Accident

Americans drive over two trillion miles annually. Vehicles in poor repair cause 5,519,000 accidents each year, even though the latest model cars are manufactured to be less repair-needy.

Thirty-one percent of U.S. fatalities are alcohol related. Look at impaired driving another way—statistics show that fifty-seven percent of fatal car crashes involved a driver who tested positive for alcohol or drugs. Fifty-six percent of those injured in an accident were not wearing a seat belt. One in ten drivers talks on the phone while driving, disregarding state laws. And, hands-free and hand-held phones cause the same level of driving distraction, despite the myth that hands-free is safer.

TOP THREE CA– USES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS—

  1.    Brake Problem
  2.    Driver Traveling Too Fast for Conditions
  3.    Driver Unfamiliar with Roadway

TOP THREE CA– USES OF PASSENGER VEHICLE ACCIDENTS—

  1.    Distracted Driving
  2.    Speeding
  3.    Drunk Driving: Men are twice as likely as women to choose to drive under the influence of alcohol, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In this column, I am asking you to consider making a commitment to be a 24/7 Decision Driver, so you have the greatest possible control over your safety when driving:

Decision Drivers drive in a dignified manner, respecting themselves, other drivers, rules of the road, roadways and weather conditions. Focusing their attention on a panoramic view all around their vehicles, they focus on both driving safely and getting to their destinations safely. Narcissistic Drivers bring their selfish, self-focus on destination onto the roadways with scant consideration for their responsibilities when operating a moving vehicle. With their narrow view, these drivers concentrate on getting to their destinations within their time parameters.

 

GARRO’S DECISION DRIVING RULES

The hardest part of Decision Driving for me involved breaking my bad habits behind the wheel that caused me Inattention Blindness—

Be good to yourself and treat yourself like the irreplaceable cargo you are whenever you are driving.

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