Responsible Driving


"Imagine a crowd of 44,000 people in the stands at a World Series or
Super Bowl game. A television camera scans the individual faces --- some
exuberant, some anxious --- all sports fans out for a good time.
As many people as are in that crowd will die in highway accidents this
year. More than half of those accidents will involve alcohol, alone or in
combination with other drugs. A disproportionate number of the dead will be
young, between the ages of 15 and 24. One group, 16 year olds, will be in 40% of
all the singl-car, alcohol related crashes" (Knox 19).
This statement shows the high risk and number of fatalities due to
driving. It is very important to learn safe and responsible driving skills,
which is why I am giving this speech. If you are prepared and know all of your
stuff before your behind the wheel youll probobly do a better job and know the
correct manerisms and etiquites of driving. The main purpose of this speech is
to let you know how to drive responsibly and safely. I will first review the
dangers and risks of driving to let you know what your getting into if you use
illegal substances or drive improperly. Then I will go into the basic
signs,signals and rules of driving to inform you of the current laws and
regulations. Finally I will go through a step-by-step process of driving, from
getting out of the drive way to turning onto a highway.
Accident risk is the chance of injury to yourself or others and the
chance of damage to vehicles and property. All driving involves risk. You have
tonotice that risk always exists and can sneak up on you at any time. 85% of all
collisions are the drivers first collision. 49% of vehicle crashes involve only
one car. The liklihood of being in a collision any year is only 1/5 people.The
chances of suffering an injury that is serious enough to disable you is 1/83
people (Kenel, 8) . As you can see risk is always very high and should never be
forgot.
One huge risk in driving is to be under the influence of an illegal
substance or drug. There are many kinds of drugs that affect you perception and
driving skills. They include Over the counter drugs, Prescription drugs,
Depressants, Stimulants, Hallucinogens and Narcotics. Over the counter drugs are
drugs that dont need a prescription and are not illegal. They cure common
illness\'s but almost always affect your driving greatly(Kenel,47). Illegal drugs
such as marijuana make you drowsy.
Drugs have an affect on driving but Alcohol is much more abused while
driving. 45% of all auto-deaths are teens. Of those 60% had been drinking.
Alcohol slows down reaction time, and blurs judgement rendering the driver
incapable of operating a vehicle safely (Knox 22). Alcohol is not thought of as
a drug but it is...actualy its one of the most powerful. It changes the way
people think and feel and if you become addicted can cause major problems in
your life. Alcohol is often forced upon by peer presure. If it happens to you
just say NO and leave. Also you never want to drive with someone you know whos
drunk. I you cant get another ride call someone else, remeber this is your life
at stake (Kenel 22). If alcohol is used with other combinations of any drug, the
effects are multiplied by the regular effects.
Drugs arent the only thing that effect your driving. Emocions also
greatly affect your ability to drive. If you have to drive at an emmocional time
learn to control them. Maintain a mature attitude, Identify bad sittuations,
plan ahead, expect the other person to make a mistake and never get mad at
another driver because of something else that made you upset or depressed. All
emocions such as anger, fear, joy, or sadness have the power to focus all your
attention on one thing. Whatever the emocion is, it can interfere with your
driving by taking your attention from the road (Kenel 24-26).
Now that you know the risks of driving and what can happen if you
disobey or stray from thte law, I will tell you the basic traffic signs, signals,
and rules. One of the more popular laws which you may have heard of is called
Right of Way. Right of Way is not always a set written law that in a certain
cituation you must do this. In most it is but its also common sense. Like at a 4
way stop you either let the car to your