Driving Habits to Follow (Particularly If You Got a DUI)
We do not always think about the way we drive, but even the general demeanor (defensive vs. aggressive, for example) can deeply affect the chances of getting into an accident or being pulled over. The following habits are not a surefire way to stay safe on the road, but they will help you become a more conscious, safer driver, and they will also help you save money on insurance and fines.
Practice Defensive Driving
While there are expanded driver’s education courses around defensive driving, this practice is not part of core driver’s education in many states. In other words, this might not be something you think about at all, but it can help you avoid collisions.
What is Defensive Driving?
Defensive driving is a set of general guidelines that are designed to minimize the risk of collision. These guidelines include:
- Maintain a safe following distance in case of sudden stops
- Consciously recognize weather and road conditions
- Avoid distractions such as using a cell phone
- Be prepared to react to other drivers
In addition to refreshing your experience with driving techniques, taking a defensive driving course can also safe your license if you do get pulled over for driving under the influence. New York’s The Point and Insurance Reduction Program offers several benefits to drivers who complete a recognized defensive driving course. When calculating points to add to your license after a violation, for example, four points can be subtracted if the result would lead to a license suspension. Another big benefit of defensive driving courses is that you can reduce auto insurance premiums by as much as 10%.
Get to Know Yourself and Your Alcohol Tolerance
There are some general guidelines for how quickly the average person metabolizes alcohol (about one standard drink per hour), but everyone’s body is different. If you are out drinking, get to know how much you can handle and recognize the signs that your thinking could be impaired. Becoming more conscious of these factors will help you make better decisions in the heat of the moment.
Some quick facts to consider:
- The legal limit for driving in New York is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%
- Factors such as weight and time since you stopped drinking can impact your overall BAC
- You can be charged for driving while impaired for substances other than alcohol
Reduce or Eliminate Distractions While Driving
One of the easiest things to do in order to drive safely is to eliminate distractions. Mobile devices are the most common distractions; if you find it too difficult to resist when a notification comes in, you can turn your phone off when driving.
Some other distractions are not always as immediately noticeable, but they can still take your attention away from your surroundings. If you are driving a messy car, for instance, you may get distracted by whatever is on the floor, especially if something shifts around. Keeping your car clean may also improve how an officer perceives you if you do get pulled over.
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