I've encouraged my friends to take the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge. Click the link and take it, too!
In all honesty, safe driving is important. When you take the seat behind the wheel, it can affect everyone around you. The decisions that are made by a driver (and even passengers) can have a direct impact on their lives and on the lives of other people traveling on that same road.
I have been in two car crashes in my life. One was about seven years ago with my brother, and the other was just this past year. Both of the crashes occurred because one of the drivers involved was distracted. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but a few cars were totaled.
According to Teen Safe, distracted driving causes about 25% of car crashes, and about 58% of crashes involve teens. Drivers can be distracted by phones, the activities of other passengers, or even by just looking at objects that they pass on the road. Either way, driving distracted happens easily, and it can have terrible consequences. Driving distracted is just as bad as driving drunk.
Speaking of impaired driving, if a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or above, they will get into legal trouble. If someone is caught driving drunk, they will be arrested, go to court, get their license suspended, pay a fine, and possibly face community service. That's a lot to face just because they didn't call someone else for a ride or they didn't give someone their keys. Even though it's really easy to prevent drunk driving, 28% of all car crashes in the United States are because of a drunk driver.
Most car crashes are preventable. Safe driving is honestly one of the most important topics to keep in mind. Every decision someone makes behind the wheel can effect multiple lives, either positively or negatively. Just keep that in mind every time you get behind the wheel. If you are a passenger, do not distract the driver, and if you suspect the driver is impaired, take their keys and do not ride with them.
See ya soon,