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No driver should ever give in to distractions

Drivers must be able to give their full attention to duties behind the wheel. There is no room for anything to take a driver's focus off of the road. When a motor vehicle operator is distracted, serious accidents can occur. These can cause catastrophic injuries or even deaths.

Distractions come in many forms, so anyone who is going to drive should ensure that they don't allow these to claim their attention. If there is an accident on the road, looking into these factors might help a victim to launch a claim for compensation.

These interstate driving tips will keep you safe

It doesn't matter if you enjoy driving on the interstate in South Carolina or attempt to avoid it at all costs, it's a must to follow a variety of safety tips to help prevent an accident.

With a high volume of vehicles moving at a high rate of speed, driving on the interstate is easier said than done. Here are five tips you can follow to enhance your safety:

  • Obey the speed limit: It's easy to speed on the interstate, especially if the flow of traffic is moving faster than the speed limit. Rather than attempt to keep up, move into the right lane and obey the rules of the road.
  • Leave more space: A safe following distance is a must, as it helps keep both you and other drivers safe. If you follow too closely, you may not have enough space to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Make yourself visible around large vehicles: For example, commercial trucks are all over the state's interstates. Do your best to remain visible at all times, such as by avoiding blind spots and using your turn signal when changing lanes.
  • Don't switch lanes too often: It's okay to switch lanes when necessary, but don't make this a habit. As a general rule of thumb, use the right lane for travel and the left lane for passing.
  • Avoid distractions: You can't control other drivers, but you can avoid distractions in your own vehicle. Keep your cellphone out of reach, don't engage in too much conversation with your passengers and avoid eating or drinking. These are the types of steps you can take to avoid common distractions that have been proven to increase the risk of an accident.

Were you drunk or just tired?

Out looking for drunk drivers as the bars close in Mt. Pleasant for the night, a police officer pulls you over around 2:30 in the morning. He says that you rolled through a stop sign. After talking to you for a moment, he asks you to get out of the car and do some field sobriety tests.

You do them, but not well. You trip and fall while trying to walk in a straight line. You can't stand up on one leg.

Attitude and driving: Negativity leads to danger

Do you know someone who is generally a negative person? They constantly talk about how badly things are going in their life, they never seem to be enjoying themselves and they may even come across as neurotic. They're self-absorbed, but in the sense that they think everything is stacked against them. It's draining to spend time with them, and you wonder if they have emotional and even mental issues to deal with.

Well, according to some experts, that person could actually be more dangerous to be around, especially when they're on the road. When looking at profiles of dangerous drivers, they found that negative people fit the bill far more often.

Mixed drinks: Giving you a false sense of sobriety

When you drink, you may think you know how the alcohol will affect you. Since that's the case, you may also believe that there is no risk of a DUI if you get behind the wheel.

The trouble is that some drinks cause unexpected results. For example, some drinks combine soft drinks and hard liquor or sugary syrups with spirits. While this in itself isn't a problem, the issue that can result is that people may drink more alcohol than intended. The sugary taste hides the flavor of the alcohol, so people may mistakenly believe that the alcohol content is not as high as it is.

3 consequences of a DUI conviction

Imagine driving home on a Friday night. After work, you had stopped in to your favorite watering hole to unwind with some of your friends and kick off the weekend. On your way to your house in Mt. Pleasant, you pass a police officer going the opposite way. The next thing you know, the officer has done a U-turn and is following you. Maybe you have had a couple of beers or some tequila shots. No matter what you have had to drink, it might be enough to trigger a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer. If you fail, you could be facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

As you probably know, a DUI conviction can cause you some serious legal troubles. You might have to pay the court thousands of dollars in fees and fines, you could have to spend some time in jail and there could be seemingly endless months of probation. There are also other DUI conviction consequences that can negatively affect your life.

Traffic congestion can lead to collisions

Traffic in the United States is getting worse. Why? There are more people driving than ever before, and the road structures haven't changed much at all. The primary issue isn't necessarily that there are too many vehicles but instead that too many people have to travel at the same time each day. This is the reason that certain times of the day are called "rush hour" as people rush to work, school or home for the day.

Another issue in America specifically is that many people live in low-density areas. This means that carpooling is unlikely, so people have to use their own private automobiles instead of riding with coworkers or using public transportation. This means that there is more traffic on the roads, which creates a higher likelihood of collisions, injuries and deaths.

4 ways to avoid a DWI in South Carolina

In Charleston, as well as other cities in South Carolina and the United States, drunk driving is a very serious issue. This is why many of the consequences for even first-time offenders are so severe. In many cases, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can carry with it jail time, high court costs and fees, community service, and other far-reaching and unanticipated consequences.

In general, people do not wake up in the morning and decide to drink all day and then get behind the wheel. It is often something that happens once a person becomes impaired to the point that the decision-making process becomes compromised. However, with a little planning, you might be able to avoid a DWI the next time you go out for a night on the town. Here are some DWI prevention tips to reduce your chances of being charged with drunk driving.

Failed a field sobriety test? You can still be innocent

As someone who didn't have much to drink, you were surprised when you didn't pass your sobriety tests when stopped by police. You knew you hadn't had enough to drink to be intoxicated. Somehow, you were unable to stand the right way or walk as balanced as the police would have liked.

You're not alone. Field sobriety tests can, and often are, wrong. There are medical reasons why many people fail. Others fail as a result of natural imbalances or differences in their abilities versus the typical person.

3 tips for preparing for traffic jams in South Carolina

When you have to travel, it can be hard. Highways can become congested, and there is the possibility of crashes. Stop-and-go traffic is more likely to cause crashes, since people are traveling slowly and may be stopped for periods of time. When they start moving again, they might move too quickly and end up in a rear-end collision as the vehicles ahead of them are forced to stop.

As someone who would rather avoid any kind of collision, it's a good idea to learn more about what you can do to avoid them. Here are three helpful tips that can keep you safer when you're traveling on highways or interstates.

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