Motorists, it’s time to break these bad driving habits.
How long has it been since you passed your driving test? Whether it’s been a couple of years or a couple of decades, it’s safe to say that you aren’t driving as carefully and correctly as you were back then. We all slip into some bad driving habits when we get comfortable on the road – but some common behaviors could result in a crash or a traffic violation!
In the U.S., there is an average of 32,000 deaths a year resulting from traffic accidents. As we all know, accidents don’t just happen; they are caused. As they’re caused, they can also be prevented. Neat, huh?
Have you fallen into these bad driving habits?
Not using your indicator: It’s important to let other drivers and pedestrians known your next move so that they can slow down and accommodate. You know where the indicator is! Use it at least 100 feet in advance.
Not stopping at stop signs: Stop signs should be obeyed at all times, even if you think that the streets are clear. Come to a complete stop before turning or proceeding into the intersection! If you don’t and the intersection is not an all-way stop, you may cause a collision.
Rubbernecking: Slowing down to look at crashes or construction is not only dangerous, but can also contribute to a chain reaction of slowed traffic. Keep your eyes on the road ahead so that you can stay alert to closed lanes or police officers directing traffic.
Running amber lights: If the light turns yellow before you reach the intersection, it’s best not to risk it. Others may be turning into your path, relying on you stopping.
Speeding: Speed limits aren’t just fun and games, it’s for your safety! Stick to the speed limit or just below it at all times.
Distracted driving: Avoid texting, answering phone calls, putting on your makeup, eating, drinking, and reading while driving! Anything that distracts your focus from the road should be avoided at all costs.
Driving too fast for weather conditions: When it rains, the roads are slick with oil and water, and speeding along at your usual 70 mph isn’t a good idea. Your stopping distance increases, and there may be debris on the roads, potentially causing you to incur an accident.
Along with safe driving habits, you can reduce your chance of an accident causing havoc to your car and finances with a reliable auto insurance policy. To get started on your all-encompassing coverage, contact Nahai Insurance Services today!