Poor habits are like a comfortable bed; easy to get into but even more difficult to get out of. And nothing could be more worse than picking up bad driving habits. Here is a quick checklist of the most common poor driving habits. All of these can lead to increased number of accidents and possible injury or death so be sure to avoid all these annoying driving habits.
1. Tailgating- Tailgating is at the top of the list. It is the practice of driving on a road too close to the vehicle in front, which, without doubt, causes mishaps. About one third of rear-end accidents involve tailgating. Do not be a tailgater! Leave at least a 2 second “time to react” gap under all normal circumstances, and more in bad climate.
2. Talking on Mobile Phone – Using mobile phones in any way while driving is a distraction and hands free device don’t solve the issue. Avoid reading text messages or making phone calls when driving and pay your full attention on the road.
3. Speeding- The fast drive can increase the risk of serious injury or death if you’re caught up in a crash. Also higher speed reduces reaction time. Crossing the limit not only endangers your life, but puts the life of others on the road at risk at the same time.
4. Un-Buckled- Seat belts save lives! Staying un-buckled at the time of driving increase the chances for injuries and even death in the case of a car accident.
5. Ignoring Traffic Signs- This is one of the most common poor driving habits. Traffic signals are there for your protection; don’t put your safety and your wallet in jeopardy. Obey!
6. Road rage- Road Rage happens when one driver reacts angrily to another driver.It is often derived from a blatant driving mistake and only adds to the irritation, making it one of the worst driving habits. Try to stay calm, put on some classical music and don’t drive too slow or too fast in order to prevent road rage.
7. Drink-driving- Alcohol affects judgment, co-ordination, vision, and reaction time thus causes accidents. This is suicide! So never mix alcohol and driving.
8. Not Paying Attention- A good driver should always alert. That means looking for pot holes, stalled cars and objects in the road and paying attention to traffic in front of you, and around you.
By avoiding these bad habits, you can hopefully avoid a potentially dangerous or even fatal incident. Safety is NO accident!!