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Things to Consider Before Driving

Updated on May 13, 2013
Driving is one of the most favorite thing to do in life.
Driving is one of the most favorite thing to do in life. | Source

Is driving one of your favorite activities to do? Does it bring you joy? Driving is something we can enjoy doing with. Traveling in different places, traveling with different companions in different occasions is just few of the fun that driving can give. Driving is also important in the sense that, it does not only for recreation in traveling, but as well as, for living and emergency purposes. So, it is important to learn how to drive. But, in the nature of life that we have here, not all things are all positive the way we would want. There are scenarios that we would never ever want. Those are the time when people mostly coursed anything, or anybody who can be blamed though, there some aren't meant to be happening. In fact, here in the Philippines, in the year 2006 the Country’s National Police states that there is a total of 15,064 traffic accidents in that year with an average of 41 accidents per day. So, to think about, that was not a good statistical report to handle with. Another think is that, what are the causes anyway? So, here’s a summary of what are the reason for the numerous statistical result in the year 2006.

A summary of 2006 Statistical Report of Car Accidents in the Philippines

Cause of Accidents
Number of Accidents
Driver's Error
Mechanical Defect
Over Speeding
Self Accident
Bad Overtaking
Over Loading
Road Defect
Hit and Run
Bad Turning
Use if Cellular Phones

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From the table above, there are a lot of causes why car accident occur. Most which is the number one spot in the rank; Driver Error. wherein, this article would focus more in the perspective of the driver. So, here are some things people must consider before or while driving:

1. Focus

- It is important for a driver to focus on what he does, which is driving. Focusing means you are putting your mind and soul on what you do. Same goes as ensuring the safety of your passenger and yourself. Driving without focus would result into a devastating situation such as accidents and loss of control, since, you’re out of focus, and your mind is busy doing other things which accumulate other definition in your brain as to what you should do when times that you’re in danger. So, focus. It also the main idea and basic stem of the whole article as driving is concern.

2. Don’t text

- Driving does not only require proper focus but as well as, avoid doing other things as mentioned, specifically to text. According to a study in America with its 2800 respondent, there are at least 37% or 1/3 of those drivers receive and send text messages while driving and 18% of them do it regularly that increases the risk of a car accident. And, composing a text message is riskier than reading a message.

3. Don’t make or answer a call

- Text wasn't the only thing that we should avoid while driving. We also must evade answering or making a call. Here in my Country back in 2006, over 15,064 car accidents, 91 of them are due to phone calls which rank’s at 12th position. To think about it, this article is about driver’s focusing attitude while driving. But, in this situation, focus is once again loss. While we answer or making a call while driving, our state of mind transfers from a driving mode to comprehending and communication mode. A mode where our brain is processing both direction and communicating skills. So, if we are doing this things the same time, a possible accident would more likely to occur (that I wish won’t). Moreover, a teenager’s ability to react on situation can be slower than a 70 year old man. I like watching movies and shows, wherein, most of the situation of a lead role’s accident are cause of answering a call while driving. So, for our safety, we should avoid answering and making calls.

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4. Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs

- I mentioned above that a total of 284 car accidents are under the influence of alcohol. Therefore, for your safe travel, DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL, and if you are left with no choice but to drink one, just assure to drink only at a minimal amount that your body and mind can handle while you drive. Also, never drive while you are under the influence of illegal drugs. It may take you high but it will be as high to heaven if you will. So, remember, everything becomes slower when alcohol takes over your mind.

5. Don’t flirt while driving

- Being seduced or seducing someone can affect our mind’s state of focus on whatever activity we are doing. Specifically, while driving, flirting, which is close to seductive activity can be a cause of your car accident. So, if I were you, just get a room or a place where you and your partner can have fun, completely, lively and worthy.

6. Don’t argue while driving

- I also included this one sine, focus is also loss, distracted from driving to be specific, as you argue, it is normal for you to reach the very top of your temper. Like a volcano in its very end in exploding everything that it keeps from years. So, what happen is that, the possibility of so much anger can cause the very risk of car crash. I know, I don’t need to elaborate about it because you’ll be imagining it out yourself right now right?

I could go on and on with other factors that can cause for an individual to suffer in a car accident. But, driving is such an enjoyable thing to do in life? Traveling with the people that you love is something so special that can only defined in a moment. So, for those moments to be continued for more, safety first must be considered. It’s a must my friend. Just remember the word FOCUS. Driving requires 100% Focus for a safety travel assuring to avoid a risk in life and money. I only enumerated six (6) and I hope it would always stay in all of us to remember the things we should avoid doing while driving, alcohol, illegal drugs, texting, phone calls, arguing and seducing someone or being seduced.

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    • PaoloJpm profile imageAUTHOR

      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine


      - Hello, thank you for visiting and glad you find it very useful. Yes, it is, who knows what might happen if we get our eyes off the road. Moreover, by continuous increase in the number of cars not only car accident is at risk, global warming is also since the car's smoke is one massive attacker in destroying the earth's umbrella (Atmosphere).

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      5 years ago from Liverpool

      It literally takes a split second to take your eye off the road - quite frightening really when you've experienced how easy it is! Our UK roads are getting busier with more volume of cars on the roads, so this is a really useful post - thanks!

    • PaoloJpm profile imageAUTHOR

      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine


      Thanks for dropping by too, Yeah, simple yet life saving reminder. We should always put the word "Safety" First. Who knows what may happen in one second, so lets drive safely and have fun.

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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      Great job, Paolo!

      Safe driving habits can never be stressed enough. Thanks for the reminder. I never use my cell phone while driving. Texting is totally out of the question because you can't afford to take your eyes off the road for even one second. Thanks!

    • PaoloJpm profile imageAUTHOR

      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine


      - haha I like your comment here my friend. The one which says "Writing hubs from heaven" yes, its a funny joke but deep in those words, we should take good care of our one very special life. Our lives is gift from God and those hard work through out those wonderful and challenging years everything will be nothing if in just an blink an eye all is lost if we don't take things seriously. Specifically, in the case driving, text and call can wait right? maybe your dog can answer it haha lol.

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      5 years ago

      .....well this has to be the ultimate/definitive/essential safe driving educational hub presentation and yes you are right - keep your eyes on the road and don't dilly-dally with your cellphone because if you take your eyes off the road it could all happen in one second - and then you will be writing from the hub in heaven , lol, if you're not a good driver - love the work you put into this hub my friend - me , well I drive with the help of my seeing eye dog , lol.

      Sending you warm wishes from Colin and his cats from lake erie time ontario canada 5:11am and we are in early summer mode - what is your weather like right now and what kind of music do you listen to/

    • PaoloJpm profile imageAUTHOR

      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine

      Billie Kelpin

      - First of all thanks for stopping by dude! Yes, a call can always be redialed but, a life can never be reprocessed and once lost can never be the same. Oh, thanks for the link, I'll be checking it later I like it though in my first preview of it. Anyway what's all about? not only about driving.


      - Oh, yeah. Fighting is one distracting situation especially if the people involved are closed to your heart. In your case your kids, good thing you've stop the car. 98% of risk always follows if you wont trust your instinct when situation like those occurs. I also remember before when my whole family and I were driving, then my dad and my mom with my cousins talks so loud to each other and by the blink of our eyes we almost hit another car. I was really scared and I can't barely talked and just a smile just to represent that I am OK but deep inside I was so terrified. By the way thanks for stopping by too my friend.

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You make good points in your hub Paolo.

      Some people think they are so good that they don't care about texting and driving or drinking alcohol before driving.

      I remember one time when my kids were younger, they started a fight in the back seat. I just stopped the car along the road because it was too distracting and dangerous to drive..... I wanted everybody arriving alive at home!

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Paolo - important and serious topic! When I pick up the phone and want to text, I say to myself, "This is not worth one person's life. I could harm a child." And that's enough for me to put down the phone. I DO have a humorous twist on this topic called, "Driving While Married". It's one of those avatar recordings. I don't THINK it's against hubpage rules to list it here. Your readers might enjoy it.


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