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Four driving 'don't's' in the Care More Argyle Campaign

4:26 AM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new campaign to increase driving safety in the Argyle area listed four 'don'ts' that drivers should avoid. The number one 'don't' is listed as distracted driving.

The campaign, Care More Argyle, said distracted driving can include a number of activities including changing radio stations and eating. But they list cell phone use, whether talking or texting, as more dangerous since the amount of distraction time is longer.

"Using a cell phone while driving delays your reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08, the legal limit for drunk driving," the campaign website lists.

The second 'don't' is listed as tailgating, or following too closely.

"Due to the stop and go traffic along Blanding Boulevard, rear-end collisions are a common occurrence, especially chain reaction crashes," the campaign website lists.

According to the site, a good rule of thumb is to allow at least one car length for every five mile per hour of speed.

The third 'don't' is aggressive lane changing, which can include not looking to see if a car is in the next lane or not using your turn signal to switch lanes. Beyond that, the campaign founders said, "basically, it's cutting people off by not leaving enough room between your vehicle and the one behind you in the lane you're entering."

The fourth and final 'don't' is failing to yield and allow drivers to enter your lane.

"There is no law requiring courtesy, but it is safer to be courteous," the Care More Argyle campaign website lists. "By letting someone in ahead of you, you are also preventing a back-up in the adjacent lane caused by someone waiting to get in."