Many of us have bad driving habits that we need to stop. The trouble is bad habits die hard. Worse still, forming bad habits is easy, especially if it’s easier than following the laws. Keep your bad habits up and you will put the safety of yourself and other drivers at risk.
Here are the top driving habits you need to quit:
Texting while driving
Distracted driving is a common habit amongst drivers. Texting and answering calls, is a great way to divide your attention. This will put your safety at risk, much more so if you have passengers. Stop texting and keep your eyes on the road as a result. Doing so will help you avoid becoming just another driving statistic.
It’s dangerous to drive close to the car in front of you. If they brake sharply, you may be involved in a rear-end collision. Take note that tailgating causes a huge amount of deaths every year. So even if you’re in a rush, always keep your distance to the car in front, especially if it’s a big truck.
Driving with headphones on
Headphones may be hands-free, but they can still be a big distraction. Because you have sound on, you won’t hear the noise of other cars. This raises your risk of collision and being involved in an accident. Aside from that, playing loud music in your vehicle may impair your senses.
You should focus on the road and play music at a low level while driving.
Are you a big sloucher? Even though this habit doesn’t make you dangerous on the road, it will cause your back to ache. It can even lead to poor posture and driving difficulty. A good rule of thumb is that your arms should be holding wheel with minimal bend at your elbows. Also, adjust your seat correctly, so you’re not grasping for the wheel or are too near to it.
You may be in a rush, but speeding isn’t the answer. At the end of the day, you may not reach your destination and instead head to the hospital. Try to be patient and follow the speed limit at all times to prevent collisions. If you’re in an emergency, ask for help from a traffic officer. A speeding ticket isn’t a good thing, plus it’s an added expense for you.
We know that you like a thrill, but overtaking dangerously isn’t just a risk for you. It also puts the lives of other drivers in your hands. You need to signal when you’re about to overtake and always observe road signs and the law of the road. Thre are places you shouldn’t overtake at all, for instance.
Have you ever had someone braking abruptly in the middle of traffic in front of you? If you’re not focusing, this can create collisions and major accidents. If you need to stop, make sure to signal and do so slowly.