A recent Virginia Tech study outlined eight reasons why we put ourselves at risk for being involved in a traffic accident. Many of these risks are preventable.
#8 - Talking on a Cellphone - This delays a driver's reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08.
#7 - Turning Left - UPS drivers are encouraged to plot their routes with as many right turns as possible for this reason.
#6 - Texting While Driving - When your eyes are on your keyboard, they are not on the road. You might as well close your eyes.
#5 - Sitting in the Passenger Seat - The driver is safest, because to avoid a collision, he will steer away from danger. That is not good for the passenger.
#4 - Driving Drowsy - Two thirds of sleep-related crashes involve drivers younger than 30, and 80 percent are males.
#3 - Drinking and Driving - Accounts for almost one third of all traffic deaths. If you have to ask if you are too drunk, you probably are.
#2 - Not Buckling Up - 15 percent of all Americans who drive have not figured this one out.
#1 - Driving While Male - In 2009, 70 percent of all motor-vehicle deaths were males. They are the risk takers. Men are more likely to exhibit the behaviors listed above.
So what can you do? Pay attention and take your time. It really is that easy. Be safe!