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Saturday, 12 May 2007 21:43

Driving Mistakes We All Make, Not Just Mothers

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A CNN.com article called “Moms' 7 biggest driving mistakes—and how to avoid them” is easily applied to all drivers, not just mothers.

Here is a brief summary of the seven “sometimes” deadly driving mistakes we all make.

The full CNN article, “Moms' 7 biggest driving mistakes—and how to avoid them" should be read and understood by all drivers and passengers.

CELL PHONE: Don’t talk on the cell phone while driving. Instead, let the phone take the message and call back later. You can either pull over to the side of the road and park the car, or call back when you reach your destination. Talking on a cell phone is worse that driving drunk.

AGGRESSIVE DRIVING: Calm down and don’t drive aggressively by doing accident-prone maneuvers such as tailgating, blocking another car from your lane, and speeding. Besides being dangerous, such behavior behind the wheel is against the law.

DRIVING WHILE SLEEPY: Don’t drive while drowsy. If you feel sleepy while driving, pull over and take a quick walk or stretch your muscles. Or, at least, roll down the windows and get some fresh air. Sing out loud or do something to rejuvenate yourself.

SPEEDING: Don’t speed!! According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 30% of all fatal crashes occur due to speeding. Besides being dangerous, speeding is also against the law.

EATING WHILE DRIVING: Don’t eat while driving (or other such activities).

CARING FOR CHILDREN WHILE DRIVING: Don’t try to care for children and drive at the same time. The same thing goes for pets. Don't be caring for yourself either: like, shaving, applying makeup, and other things while driving.

NOT PERFORMING REGULAR MAINTENANCE: In 2005, for car accidents where tires were over-inflated, under-inflated, or had worn tire treads, there were 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries in the United States. Regular car maintenance is important to keep your vehicle safe for you and your family.

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