If you’re trying to become a safer driver, you’re not alone. Safe drivers pay less money for car insurance, they keep their vehicles running for longer, and they don’t have to worry about the headache of car accidents. If that sounds like something you want, you should try to break some of your worst driving habits.
Which of your habits are the most dangerous? That’s what we’ll discuss today. Here are the three most important habits to break behind the wheel.
Some research suggests texting while driving is as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When you’re looking at your phone, you can’t give the road your full attention. You might as well close your eyes and try to drive without looking if you think you can safely navigate while you’re not looking at the road.
There are two ways to break this habit. The first, and safest, is to turn your phone off when you get in the car and set it in your glove compartment until you get to your destination.
If you absolutely need to keep your phone on, you need to use it in hands-free mode. This means using a Bluetooth headset or car connectivity to take phone calls or send text messages using your voice. This is much safer than using your hands and taking your eyes off the road.
You’re cruising down the road and you’re exactly on time to get to work. Then, you see a stoplight ahead of you turn yellow. You speed up, frustrated that the universe is trying to make you late. This is dangerous, though – yellow lights aren’t an invitation to floor it so you make it through before traffic shifts. They’re a warning that the light is about to turn red!
The only time you should cruise through an intersection when the light is yellow is when you can’t safely stop the vehicle before the traffic signal. Otherwise, treat a yellow light as your signal to stop.
Don’t you hate it when someone cuts in front of you in traffic and then slows way down? It’s frustrating, sure, but that doesn’t mean you should ride on their bumper. Give other drivers enough room to maneuver and you’ll give yourself enough space to stop in the event of an accident.
If you follow too close, you’re just asking to get into an accident. You won’t have time to react if the person ahead of you slams on their brakes!