Driving in Virginia is typically a positive and rewarding experience. Driving while you’re talking on a cell phone can be a challenge. Driving while texting is a big no-no. And driving while you are talking on a cell phone, texting and eating at the same time is only allowed in New York. Of course, if you have ever passed through New York, you already know that. If you want to keep your car insurance rates low, here are 10 things not to do while driving in this state.
1. Typically, for teenagers, it is not a good idea to study for your written driving exam, while you are on your way to a local license bureau. Studies show that 94% of all teens that do that never make it out of their neighborhood before hitting something.
2. Don’t attempt to eat a bacon cheeseburger and fries from “Five Guys.” Maybe the the little bacon burger but certainly not the bigger sandwiches. And definitely don’t try to read the nutritional menu.
3. Don’t watch a UVa football game, especially if they are playing on the road against Alabama or LSU. If it’s a home game vs. Maryland, that’s probably OK.
4. If you are lost, don’t drive while listening to someone trying to give you directions. Of course, you might make it to your destination a few hours quicker and you ‘ll probably save about $10 in gas. But driving and getting directions just don’t mix. If you’re a man, you understand this perfectly. If you’re a woman, just skip this tip and move onto the next one.
5. Drinking from one of those 64 ounce or 128 ounce drinks while you’re attempting to navigate I-95 doesn’t mix. In addition to the likelihood of having an accident, you’ll cause a massive tidal wave in your car from the large amount of leaked fluid. The cost to replace your pants, shoes and seats will be in the thousands!
6. Don’t try to count the number of channels on your new Satellite Radio. At last count, there were about 4,000 stations and it would take you about a half of a day to find all of them. By that time, another 200 new channels would become available.
7. If you just bought a GPS, don’t try try to learn how to use it for the first time while driving. Not only will you become very frustrated, but the last person that tried to do that ended up in Atlanta instead of Richmond. That was three months ago and he’s still not back.
8. We all know that drinking or eating while driving is not a good idea. But you may not be aware that counting the number of Facebook friends you have can be very hazardous. Especially, if you have hundreds (or thousands) of friends which will take so long to check.
9. Summer is a great time to pick up some great bargains at local retailers such as Walmart, Target and Kohls. If you happen to buy a gas grill and are taking it home, do NOT attempt to assemble it while in the car. Even passengers in the vehicle should wait until you’re not driving and start the process of assembly at that time. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the grill ready for use by the end of 2013.
10. Don’t attempt to argue with your Mother-In-Law regarding the shortest route to get her home. Of course, you know you’re taking the shortest route. After all, she just spent the last six weeks staying with you and you’re not about to spend any more time in the car with her than you have to! (Editor’s note- Fortunately, I get along great with my Mother-In-Law. But I still hope she doesn’t read this!)
11. Checking your status updates on Virginia subreddit is not advised, as it leads to Steelers winning their first game of season.