Defensive driving is something most of us learn about as teenagers, studying for our drivers’ licenses and just getting behind the wheel. We must watch out for other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and try to keep ourselves and our passengers safe from those who may be careless while on the road. But as you consider how many hours you log on the road each day, month, and year, you can probably think of ways that you can improve your driving habits also, by avoiding the following:
- Driving after drinking or taking medication – While most of us are very aware of the dangers of driving while under a controlled substance, many of us may underestimate the power of a cold medication, painkiller, or yes, a couple glasses of wine—and depending on your tolerance and size, this could cause you to be a serious hazard on the road. If you routinely drive while on medication or even just while sleepy, keep in mind that you have been lucky so far, and discontinue such habits immediately.
- Driving while distracted – This is a major issue on the roads today, and is the number one reason for car accidents. Thousands of fatalities are caused each year on the roads by distracted drivers. Consider what a terrible burden that would be to bear as you wonder if you should just take a second to answer that text or look up a movie time on the internet while driving. Cell phone usage is an enormous safety issue on the roads today, whether you are talking or texting. Avoid other distractions such as eating and drinking, grooming, engaging with passengers, worrying over the radio or music selections, and more.
- Speeding – While you may just be ‘going with the flow of traffic,’ that doesn’t mean everyone else has perfect judgment. Many are injured and killed each year simply because others were not following the speed limit.
- Tailgating – This is an extremely dangerous habit, and is often associated with road rage. If the person whose bumper you are riding is forced to stop abruptly, you could cause a serious accident. Remember to follow behind the car in front of you one car length for every ten miles per hour that you are driving; meaning if you are going 55 mph, you should be five or six car lengths behind the driver in front of you. Conversely, you should also remember to consider the cars behind you when stopping.
- Being unaware of other drivers – Make sure to adjust mirrors accordingly, and always remember to account for blind spots. Many accidents are caused when drivers are changing lanes and do not see the car right next to them.
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