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5 Things to Avoid While Driving in Texas

Texas driving safety is a serious issue. How serious? Think of a car like it’s a gun. Every time you get behind the wheel, you’re carrying a deadly weapon. If you’re driving irresponsibly, you’re essentially waving a loaded gun in a crowd. But if you’re acting responsibly, the world can be a much safer place.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at 5 things that put you—and others—at risk when driving:

These days, the single biggest contributor to distracted driving in Texas is cell phone use—both talking and texting. According to the National Safety Council, in 2010 there were more than 3,000 cell-phone-related crashes in Texas alone. If you’ve yet to be told that texting while driving is a bad idea, you’re in desperate need of an Online Texas Defensive Driving Course. Go ahead, sign up now. You can get the course done right away, and then come back to this article.

Everyone eats in their car from time to time. Asking people to stop seems unreasonable, but asking people to consider what they are eating sounds like good advice. Different foods require different amounts of attention. A bowl of trail mix set into your cupholder makes for convenient snacking (healthy, too!), whereas a T-bone steak or bowl of clam chowder do not.

In today’s fast-paced and hectic world, people have a tendency to squeeze too much into any given day. In fact, “people rushed out of the house in the morning” is a cliché that has permeated everything from Pop-Tart commercials to the Bangles’ chart-topping 1986 classic “Manic Monday.”

Morning commuters and the perpetually late try to augment their poor planning by performing their personal grooming duties at every red light between here and there. Don’t do this. When you arrive—IF you arrive—you’ll look just like someone who groomed themselves in the car – sloppy.

Most people listen to music while they are driving. These days, every car comes with a stereo system, or at least an AM/FM radio….

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