Top 7 Driving Mistakes to Avoid:

Posted on 23 February 2015

Mirrors On A Vehicle

When positioning mirrors on a vehicle be sure you can see more of the road than your vehicle. By extending your side mirrors out you do not lose visibility on what is behind you, but rather gain better visibility into what is beside your vehicle.

Driving With Out A Seat Belt

Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash related injuries by 50%.

Distracted-Driving

Distracted driving is a deadly behavior and now the leading cause of all accidents.  Federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year. Talking and/or texting on a cell phone while driving is the primary cause of most distracted driving accidents.

Driving Slow in Passing Lanes

See  blog post on Keep Right Law.

Slower traffic is required to keep to the right in most states. Failure to keep to the right when driving can cause back ups in traffic, and only creates more bad driving behavior. Driving slower in the passing lane can have negative effects on traffic safety, emergency response, aggressive driving, fuel consumption, and air pollution.

Improper Signaling

Signaling driving intentions is necessary for the safety of all other vehicles and motorcycles on the road, and is also important for bicyclists and pedestrians who are also using the roadways. Not using a signal when turning or changing lanes, or failing to turn it off after using it, lead to dangerous driving hazards by making other drivers around you unsure of what your intentions are.

Driving While Fatigued

Drowsy drivers cause 100,000 accidents each year in the United States. Drivers are most likely to encounter a fatigued driver on the roadways between the hours of 11pm and 8am.

Following a Vehicle too Closely

Following too closely behind another motorist, a.k.a. “tailgating”, is  an aggressive driving behavior. Traveling 60mph a vehicle needs 120 – 140 feet to come to a complete stop, which is 88 feet per second. Also, be sure to increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you in bad weather. If you have a tailgater behind you try to move over to let him pass.

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