Don't drink water and drive

By Eliana Schauffer
Summer intern

Driving is for the multi-talented. Whether you’re 16 and just getting onto the road for the first time, or 50, with several years of experience under your belt, it’s important that you focus your full attention on operating your vehicle.
   It's no easy feat to juggle the tasks of monitoring the road, the other drivers, and your speed. Why add another element that could throw off your concentration?
   
When you first buckle into your ride, make sure all your necessities are locked and loaded. A plastic water bottle with a built in straw? Check! A granola bar that can easily be grabbed and nommed on in a swift moment? Check! A CD of all your favorite mellow songs that you would never want to skip over? Check!
   
The fewer and simpler the potential distractions in your car, the better. Giving yourself the opportunity to be distracted only leads to potential danger. You don’t want to end up like a driver in Utah, who crashed his car into a ditch this past week because he reached for a fallen water bottle. Luckily he wasn’t hurt, but his seemingly harmless action earned him a citation for careless driving.
   
So, if you’re thirsty, hydrate before entering your vehicle. It’s cooler to get to your destination in one piece than to get written up for dropping your drink.
   
And it’s way less embarrassing.

by  Jon Osterberg

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