10 Bad Habits While Driving
Driving is a writ of passage for many of us growing up. Going to driver’s ed, getting the right amount of driving hours per night and day, and finally being able to take that drivers test is all worth it in the end. And generally, people start off driving with good habits, or no bad ones. But as drivers mature, they tend to develop less than desirable habits for the road. Here is a list of the top 10 worst habits you could have when driving.
10. Texting while driving
Texting and driving is being adopted by more and more states as a primary offense, due to the annual increase of automobile accidents involving distracted driving.
We all have somewhere to go, but getting their safely is important as well. Tailgating is a recipe for disaster, especially in heavily congested roadways. Stay a safe to distance away from other drivers in order to make speedy maneuvers when necessary.
8. Driving With High Beams
Unless you need them, don’t use them. This especially goes for some custom headlights out there which produce very bright lights. They are often times blinding, and at night especially, it is hard to see when oncoming traffic is behind a bright light.
7. No Turn Signals
Not using turn signals is illegal in some states. Unfortunately, people seldom use them when switching lanes or turning. Driving is not just driving, it is driving with the environment and other drivers in mind.
6. Right of Way
Right of way is a beautiful thing. Basically, it is the principle that if someone who is trying to assimilate or make lane change from a merging lane, or a person is simply crossing the street, right of way is given to those who are already in the flow of traffic. Not yielding to right of way can disrupt the flow of traffic which is a recipe for disaster.
5. Cutting People Off
In the spirit of the last bad habit, disrupting the flow of traffic leads to accidents. Because everyone on the road is moving at a certain pace, disrupting that flow causes a chain reaction which someone might not be able to react quickly enough to.
4. Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is often the thing we overlook until the tire pressure light pops up next to the speedometer. However, the state of your tires is one of the most important things to check before you set out on your way to work.
Check your blindspots! Assimilating into a new lane may cause problems if not done in consideration of others who may be behind you. Unless you know that there is no one in your blindspot, do not move until you do.
2. Driving too Slow
As a responsible driver, you should realize that there are others who must use the road as well. Especially when on a highway, driving too slowly can prove to be very dangerous as it will change the flow of traffic, and force others to react quickly, perhaps in less optimal ways. The same goes for driving too fast.
1. Road Conditions
We often ignore the conditions of the road. Where you might misjudge the turn of a road, the pothole in the middle of the pavement, or there is a history of wildlife being present on the road, paying attention to the road so you don’t have to make split-second decisions that may or may not be optimal for your driving situation.
These bad habits can lead you into a lot of pain, suffering, and legal trouble. It is always best to remain safe, not only for yourself, but for others as well. Driving on the road is a team effort. Keep the flow and be responsible on the road.