There’s a great chance that you spend some portion of your day driving or riding in a vehicle. If you’re lucky, then you won’t be one of the daily thousands of drivers that get into a wreck.
Since starting my new job, I’ve been more aware of safety when it comes to driving. I often drive up to 200 miles in one day from place to place and can sometimes spend more time in my car than in a meeting/doing work! My driving licence is more important to me than ever as I could not do my job without it!
While road safety has become a focus for car manufacturers, this doesn’t change the fact that car crash rates are rising all over the nation.
You need to be extra careful to avoid becoming a statistic because many accidents result in death. This is particularly true when speed and other poor driving behaviours are involved.
You can help limit your risk by improving your driving habits and refraining from making poor decisions behind the wheel. We’ll cover the worst offenders below so you can give yourself the greatest odds of staying safe!
One of the most dangerous habits you can display is exceeding the speed limit.
There’s a good reason for the saying that speed kills because speeding is involved in most car accidents. Driving at the speed limit is tough enough for many drivers, but adding in a higher speed makes everything harder.
When you’re speeding, it takes your vehicle longer to stop. As a result, you have much less time to react to dangerous situations.
Even if you think that you’re adept at driving fast, you can’t always predict what other drivers are going to do. They might change lanes unexpectedly, turn out into the road, or pump their brakes without notice.
Because of this, speeding will directly lead to an accident. You won’t get to your destination any faster by speeding, so stick to the limit to keep yourself safe.
Another poor behavior is driving while impaired. This includes being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any other drug. However, it also means driving while tired or upset.
With both scenarios, you aren’t thinking clearly and can’t make rational decisions. You need to be fully aware at all times while driving to prevent an accident from happening.
Even if you’ve successfully driven while impaired in the past, it only takes one mistake to ruin your life. It doesn’t matter if it’s inconvenient to take an Uber or Lyft and come back for your car later.
If there’s somewhere you needed to be, then you should have thought twice about getting impaired before fulfilling an obligation. Don’t compound your mistake by driving when you aren’t in a clear state of mind.
Something else you might be guilty of is aggressive driving.
This can be categorized by many actions, like tailgating, excessive honking, running someone off the road, or making rude gestures at another driver.
If you’re so upset that you feel the need to take your anger out on someone else, then you certainly aren’t being a very good driver. Aggressive driving is incredibly dangerous because it can quickly lead to an accident.
Tailgating means that you don’t have time to stop should the car in front of you brake. Staring at another car and making gestures will leave you blind to anything happening in front of you.
Even if it feels like your frustration is eased by punishing another driver, imagine how angry you would be if it led to an accident. No aggressive act is worth doing and greatly places your safety at risk.
Any form of distraction should also be avoided while driving.
Distracted driving can take many forms, but smartphone use is the most common. Don’t overlook eating, having a conversation, grabbing something from the backseat, or staring at something outside.
Regardless of what captures your attention, you should never be focusing on it. Driving requires your full focus at all times and there are no exceptions to this.
You can’t have a pulse on the road and detect potential hazards if you’re paying attention to something else. Distracted driving is now the leading cause of accidents, which gives you even more reason to avoid doing it.
Ignoring the Law
One final mistake you can make is ignoring any traffic law.
It doesn’t matter what the law is. It could be failing to yield, running a red light, or even changing lanes without signalling.
You must obey traffic laws because they exist to create predictability and ensure safety for everyone on the road. When you break a law, you force other drivers to react to you.
This is very hazardous because you can’t always expect someone else to be paying attention or react quickly enough. You’re placing your safety in the hands of other drivers and that’s a great recipe for creating an accident.
Make sure to always obey the law to give yourself the greatest odds of avoiding a crash.
Car accidents are very prevalent and many occur every day. Sometimes a crash is out of your control, but you can mitigate your risk of experiencing one by avoiding dangerous behaviours.
This includes actions like speeding, driving impaired or distracted, being aggressive, and breaking any laws. All of these directly increase your risk of getting into an accident and endanger yourself and others.
None of these behaviours are worth doing and can quickly turn you into a poor driver. Remember that driving requires you to be fully aware and focusing on the road at all times to keep you safe.