Given vacations, holiday parties, and family gatherings, it makes sense to declare December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Driving while impaired by any substance legal or illegal is dangerous. Alcohol, illicit drugs, and even over the counter and prescription medications can impair a driver’s judgment, decrease motor coordination, and slow the reaction time necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol-impaired driving has led to over 10,000 deaths each year. The Biden administration will raise awareness about the effects of impairment on driving ability through the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different national media campaigns.
In addition, and more controversially, the infrastructure bill established advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology for new vehicles. This is not a problem that will be solved via technology (and as mentioned there is so much more to impaired driving than alcohol) it is a problem that will be solved by people truly recognizing the danger and choosing not to get behind the wheel.
Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right. The responsibility of operating a motor vehicle weighs heavily on those who have been granted the ability to do so. It is important for everyone to know how to drive defensively and stay safe while doing it. For 11 tips that can help you be a responsible driver, click here.
Jobs that involve a lot of driving can often be a challenge and they come with more risk than you might think. Driving for many hours a day is very tiring, and of course, it can be incredibly boring, despite how important the trucking industry is and how much experience you might have as a driver. Truck drivers need to be able to stay safe on the road and be responsible for the safety of both their trucks and of any other road users around them, especially when driving a large vehicle. Here are the best ways to stay safe on the road and keep those around you safe too.
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