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Nobody likes to admit they are a bad driver. It is more likely most drivers in the U.S. would deem themselves good drivers overall. But what about the habits you don’t even realize you engage in while driving? Oftentimes, we are so focused on other driver’s behaviors or just getting to our destination on time we fail to pay adequate attention to what is going on behind our own wheel. Today we are going to cover a handful of dangerous driving habits you might not even realize you have. Read below to find out what they are, how they might apply to you, and how you can overcome them.
Common Dangerous Driving Habits
Driving While Stressed
If you are feeling stressed, your attention will likely be on the causes of your stress rather than on the road. When you aren’t as vigilant about road safety due to other things on your mind, you put yourself and others in danger. Your reaction time to unforeseen objects or bad drivers might be delayed, making decisive and assertive judgment calls clouded while you’re all worked up. Before taking off, take a deep breath after fastening your seatbelt. Try playing tranquil music to calm your thoughts before hitting the road.
Engaging in Road Rage
Even if you aren’t the aggressive driving type, simply engaging with an aggressive driver could have serious consequences. According to AAA, aggressive driving is a factor in more than half of all fatal car accidents. Behaviors such as tailgating, speeding to pass another vehicle, and cutting off other drivers can cause problems for nearby drivers and pedestrians. Be aware and in control of your emotions while driving, and don’t engage with other drivers who are being aggressive.
Driving Too Slow
It may seem counterintuitive, but driving too slowly, especially on highways, can actually cause serious problems for you and for other drivers on the road. When drivers linger, especially in the left lane, the buildup of traffic behind them can cause confusion, disorganization, and aggression for others trying to pass you, and can lead to accidents or serious injuries. Always be sure to follow the speed limits closely. Not only is it dangerous, but driving too slowly can also get the offender ticketed for impeding or blocking traffic.
Getting Caught Up In a Podcast
Podcasts can be lifesavers when it comes to long road trips or commutes; however, it can be all too easy to get caught up in what you are listening to and lose your focus on the road. First, managing the podcast on your phone while driving is an extremely dangerous distracted driving behavior, as it requires you to take your eyes off the road. Second, splitting your attention between the road and the story you’re listening to can be a huge risk. Your concentration, consideration for other drivers, and alertness can all be jeopardized when your attention is elsewhere, even for a second.
Avoid Hidden Dangerous Driving Habits
While some of these habits seem harmless, they can truly lead to serious, harmful accidents and injuries for anyone on the road. Avoid these habits by taking the time to breathe and check your emotions before putting your car in drive.
Unfortunately, while you can control your own driving behaviors, you cannot control the driving of others on the road. If you find yourself involved in a car accident due to the negligence or poor habits of another driver, we can help. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP for a free case evaluation today.