Factors Increasing Your Risk

THREE basic factors INCREASE risk. One involves the environment outside of the car.  A second factor is what’s going on inside the car (and in your head), and the third factor is how you behave on the road. This third factor is most important – it is how you respond to the other two.


Examples of Driving Conditions (factors outside the car)

  • Sharp turns
  • Blind curves
  • Pedestrians
  • Heavy traffic
  • Wildlife
  • Weather conditions
  • Bicyclists
  • Left turns

Examples of Driver State of Mind (factors inside your head)

  • Drunkenness
  • Fatigue
  • Anger/Upset/Road Rage
  • Impatience and Frustration
  • Distraction
  • Neglect and Carelessness
  • Inattention

Examples of Driver Behaviors (actions you can take)

  • Aggressive Driving
  • Not paying attention
  • Speeding
  • Not wearing seatbelt
  • Not sitting in seat properly
  • Failing to Maintain Vehicle safely
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