Life Lessons: Are you a good driver?

Posted: 5:30 AM EDT Mar 18, 2013   Updated: 7:02 AM EDT Mar 18, 2013

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show begins Thursday at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem. Certainly, we'll all be imagining ourselves in a shiny new car...which brings up a question: Are you a good driver?

A new study by AAA says 90 percent of drivers consider themselves better than average. Those folks seem to feel it's the other driver who is unsafe, but that might not be the case.

Theresa K.Podguski Director of Public Affairs for AAA say," We do have a do as I say not a do as I do attitude that we found in the AAA study."

The study says one in four drivers admit to texting or emailing while driving.

Additionally, the CDC reports that drowsy driving is also a problem as many people don't get enough sleep and being drowsy can slow reaction time.

"If we take our eyes off the road for two seconds or more, it doubles our chances of being in a collision," says Podguski.

These days there is lot of technology to keep your eyes on the road like the sophisticated dashboard system in the new Honda Accord.

Andy Wright, vice president of LV Acura, Honda Hyundai on Lehigh Street in Allentown says, "Honda has an SMS text technology that will read your text messages to you while you’re driving."

Ford has a function called Ford Sync, explains Paul Haldeman, dealer principal of Haldeman Ford Lincoln in Allentown.

"Ford Sync - which means hands free phone, hands free voice commands --Sync plays your personal music and it does so by voice command." But Podguski says we still have to be careful. "Hands free is not risk free."

So limit distractions of any kind.

AAA reminds us that distracted driving crashes are preventable and they say just using a cell phone behind the wheel quadruples your crash risk.

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