Become a Safer Driver by Avoiding These Bad Driving Habits
Did you know that most auto accidents aren’t accidents at all? Most often, they are the result of driver error or inattention. Don’t make these dangerous driving mistakes.
Speeding – Slow down! Speeding is the most common bad driving habit and when combined with aggression, traffic congestion or driver inattention, it’s a dangerous one.
Stopping Suddenly – Avoid slamming on the brakes; you may catch the driver behind you unaware. Instead, focus ahead in order to anticipate potential hazards.
Running the Yellow – Never speed up when the light changes to yellow. If you have the option of stopping safely, slow down and come to a stop before the intersection.
Making Blind Turns – Always check your blind spot before making a lane change.
Ignoring Conditions – Always adjust your driving to road conditions. Wet or icy roads, poor visibility and heavy rain or snow can seriously impact your ability to steer clear of danger.
Lane Weaving – Drive in a predictable manner. Erratically darting in and out of lanes is a risky maneuver that confuses other drivers and causes collisions.
Failing to Signal – Let other drivers know what you intend to do by signaling your turns and lane changes.
Texting – Never send or read text messages while driving. Despite stricter distracted driving laws, many drivers are still guilty of taking their eyes off the road to check their phones.
Driving Drowsy or Drunk – Make it a rule to never drive drowsy or under the influence.
Tailgating – Make sure to leave enough distance between you and the car in front of you. Proper following distance in good weather is three seconds.