Love Driving? Remember It’s A Responsibility Not A Right

When you love driving as much as we do, it’s easy to forget how dangerous it is. Every time you get in a car you’re risking your life and anyone else driving with you. You will also be risking the life of anyone on the road at the same time as you. It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s not when you think about what driving a car involves. You’ll be traveling at sixty miles per hour, maybe a little more, in a machine made of metal. Yes, there are safety features to keep you protected. But a lot can go wrong. An accident on the road could even be your fault if you don’t take the danger of driving seriously. Unfortunately, many people dismiss it completely.

Millennials Don’t Look After Their Vehicle

Maintenance is a big issue when you drive your car. It’s not just about keeping it looking shiny and new. That’s not as important as many people believe. Just ask the rich. They are the ones who are most likely to leave the car dirty. Proper maintenance, on the other hand, is crucial. That’s part of what keeps your car safe. At the very least, you should be checking your tyres every time you drive. You need to make sure that they have enough air . Otherwise, your car won’t have as much grip. This could result in a road accident. Millennials are apparently the ones who are most guilty of poor car maintenance. Mechanics were recently asked about car maintenance in a survey. Over forty percent claimed people between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five had no idea how to maintain a car.

Drinking And Driving Is Still An Issue

Another survey revealed that around seventy-five percent of people on the road think they can drive after one glass of wine or one beer. It should be noted that while many believe they could, most won’t risk it. However, that belief is still worrying. When push comes to shove, they might get in their car and drive. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that even one glass might be enough to make driving dangerous. That’s why in Scotland, there’s no minimum amount you can drink and still drive legally. The minimum is so low even one glass would push you over the limit, and that’s the way they want it to be. They want to make sure all drivers were completely sober. Perhaps other countries should not follow suit. DWI lawyers at Scheiner Law claim the biggest reason for drinking and driving is that the person didn’t know they were over the limit.

Hands-Free Doesn’t Help

Finally, you might think that you’re driving safely if you use a handsfree in the car. Unfortunately, research would disagree with you on that one. Another study revealed that while the distraction is diminished with a hands-free, the danger is still present. The phone is still taking a large portion of your attention. Unfortunately, even holding a distance conversation in the car could cause you to crash. That’s why it’s always best to pull over.

Cars are fun, for sure. But if we took them a little more seriously, there would be less chance of the picture above becoming a reality.

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.