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Avoiding Bad Driving Behaviors

Between 2010 and 2018, more people died on Texas roadways than any other state. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 36,560 roadway fatalities nationwide in 2018 related to drivers' behavior – which means these accidents could have been avoided. Do your part to help End the Streak of Texas roadway fatalities by avoiding these top four bad driving behaviors:

1. Being a Distracted Driver. Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds is equivalent to driving the length of a football field going 55 miles per hour with your eyes closed! Activities to avoid that are classified as distracted driving include talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, or fiddling with the stereo or navigation system.

2. Driving Under the Influence. Every 50 minutes, one person dies in a drunk-driving crash. Being under the influence of substances such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, or illegal drugs can impair your driving. If you feel different, you drive different. To ensure safe travels for yourself and others, choose the following responsible behaviors:

• If you use an impairing drug, make sure you have a sober driver or use a ride-hailing service.
• Do not let friends drive under the influence.
• If you are hosting a gathering where alcohol or other substances will be used, it is your responsibility to make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
• Always wear your seatbelt – it is your best defense against impaired drivers.

3. Driving While Fatigued. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident if you are fatigued. Signs and symptoms of drowsy driving include frequent yawning, inability to remember the past few miles, missing road signs or turns, difficulty maintaining your speed, and drifting out of your lane. If you are driving while fatigued, pull over and rest.

4. Speeding. Speeding not only increases the chance of causing an accident, but it can also make property damage and injuries worse if a crash happens – especially if it involves a pedestrian, cyclist, or motorist.

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