The 10 Most Common and Dangerous Things To Do While You Drive

Things Your Learning Disabled Child Should Know Before Hitting the Road

Every parent worries when their child learns to drive. This is especially true for parents of children with learning disabilities. Children with ADHD, for example, are four times more likely to be involved in an accident than those without the disorder. It is not uncommon for children with learning disabilities to have perceptual and coordination problems as well as difficulty with left/right orientation.

There may be many unique aspects of your child's disability that his or her driver's education teacher may need to address. At minimum, here are ten things that should also be addressed in a driver's education program for your child from guest writer, Damien S. Wilhelmi.

Most drivers on the road would say they consider themselves to be safe motorists. But that doesn't mean they drive safely by any means, they assume that because they have not been in an accident that they must be doing things right. However, having not been in an accident should not be what determines a safe driver from an unsafe one.

Here are 10 of the most common and dangerous things a motorist can do on the road. Hopefully, none your children will engage in any of these activities, and if they do will correct their ways once instructed to do so.

#10. Road Raging: People driving while they are upset is a common occurrence.

Think of how many people become upset and go for a drive to think and mull it over. You don't have to have been upset by another driver to experience road rage. You simply must be in a negative mindset. Driving in this state is dangerous and causes distraction, which, in turn, affects a driver's ability to concentrate.

If you do become upset with another driver, you may tend to start driving aggressively. This situation is an accident waiting to happen. So before you start driving, or even in the midst of driving, be sure you are calm and collected. There is no need to put anyone's life in danger because you are having a bad day. Also, check out these tips to avoid being a victim of road rage.

#9. Eating: Now, for most people, eating out of a bag of chips or an apple in itself may not cause an accident. But if your child's driving skills are already weakened by a learning disability, this is certainly more risky. That moment when your child sighs and looks down because she's spilled sauce on herself is a moment she is not paying attention. That moment can often be the difference between life and death.

#8. Grabbing Something Out Of Reach: We've all had moments where we want something from the back seat, on the floor, or in a purse, but only the most daring would twist their whole bodies around to fetch it.

At this point you are driving distracted and have no ability to see what is occurring on the road, nor do you have your hands properly placed on the steering wheel to respond to something if it were to happen. Patience is a virtue, and you have to remain alive to be virtuous, so be patient, and wait until it is safe to pull off the road to retrieve your items.

#7. Putting On Makeup: Ladies, we all want you to look pretty too. But putting on your makeup while driving is a danger not worth risking. Is it that bad to wait till you get to where you are going to put on your face? If you get into an accident as a result of doing this, you may not have a face to dazzle up anyhow. The process of putting on makeup allows for many opportunities for something to enter your eye and blind you. So again, be patient and either be late to where you are going by doing your makeup beforehand, or do it once you arrive at your destination.

#6. Changing Clothes: There is not a single article of clothing that should be put on while driving. That's it. Changing clothes involves taking your foot off the brake, hands off the steering wheel, and eyes off the road. Not to mention there are very few with the skill of an escape artist such as Houdini, so if you become entangled in your clothes while changing, there's a decent chance you won't escape unscathed.

#5. Driving With Headphones: There are only two ways we are able to determine what is going on around us when we drive, those being sight and sound. If you are driving with headphones or earbuds in, you are tossing your sense of sound out the car window. You may wonder how deaf people drive then. Well, they are used to being deaf, and are more alert as a result. Someone who wants to listen to Ricky Martin with headphones while driving probably isn't used to not hearing what is going on around them. They are not used to the lack of surrounding sounds, and as a result are probably not as focused as they need to be.

#4. Driving With A Dog Or Child In Your Lap: You see this one happening all the time, someone driving with their dog in lap petting and adoring it, and allowing it to stick its nose out the window and let its ears blow in the wind. You don't often see children sitting in laps, but when you do, the adult in question probably means well, allowing the youngster feel what its like to control an automobile. But driving with a dog or a child on your lap allows for nothing but potential disaster. Dogs are uncontrollable and unpredictable, and allowing them free reign in a vehicle is a mistake, and in some places against the law. There are safety measures you can take to help in traveling with dogs. For children, its simply illegal and unsafe to transport a child in a car without an appropriate car seat.

#3. Driving With Your Knees: Driving with your knees is a very poor driving habit. Generally people drive with their knees while they do something else, which is always unnecessary and dangerous. By never driving with your knees, you will be avoiding an inevitable accident.

#2. Texting: Everybody knows writing and reading texts are dangerous when driving, yet countless people continue to do it. It not only steels your attention, it robs your site from the road, and hands from the wheel. When you are concentrated on your phone, for that instant, there is nothing else on your mind. Meanwhile you are barreling down the road in a multi-ton vehicle, and it is at this point that chance alone keeps you from an accident. If you text and drive, you should be ashamed and cease immediately.

#1. Reading: There are very few things that are as dangerous for drivers than reading while behind that wheel. Whether that be a text, magazine, book, or any other material that can be held. It robs you of your focus, attention, sight, and ability to respond quickly when the need arises. So if you have any regard for your life, or anybody else's, you will avoid reading while driving. You would also do well to tell others you know who read while they drive to cease, as it is perhaps the most dangerous act a person can partake in while behind the wheel.

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