I am one of those people that just loves to drive. I don’t care if I’m taking a cross country road trip with friends or just cruising around town on a day off work I love everything about it. More and more lately it seems as if I’m seeing people that have terrible driving skills or bad habits. No matter who you are you’ve probably encountered many of these people in your driving career. Here are some of the worst driving habits that you should change for your benefit and everyone else on the road.
1. No Seatbelt– This is an obvious problem for a variety of safety reasons. Many states are now implementing even higher tickets to pay than they had before. In the long run it doesn’t pay to not wear your seatbelt.
2. Texting– This is one that bothers me the most out of these bad habits. My mom and cousin spend 90 percent of their time in a car texting or looking up things on the phone. Not only are you putting yourself and others in danger, you’re probably speeding or swerving at the same time.
3. No Signal– This has caused me more than one accident in my lifetime and it is a bad habit. Even if you are turning with no cars anywhere around you should try to get in the habit of using your turn signal.
4. Fast Lane– Another thing that bothers me is when drivers on the highway are in the fast lane but going slower than everyone else. If you want to drive at a speed lower than the posted speed limit or those around you, please switch to the right lane to prevent unnecessary holdup.
5. Rearview– Another bad habit is turning your body completely around to see behind you. This takes your concentration off the road and increases the chance of an accident. Utilize your mirrors whenever possible instead of looking away from the road completely.
6. Yellow Lights– Many of us are guilty of trying to get through a yellow light. If it’s about to change do not accelerate in an attempt to get to the other side faster. Depending on the delay you may cause a severe accident to yourself or others.
7. Merging– When getting on or off of highways it is important to know the proper way to merge so you don’t impede the flow of traffic. While speeding into traffic without looking is bad, sitting and waiting for a long time to merge is also an annoyance to many drivers.
8. Tailgating– This is one that I used to be bad about until it happened to me. You should stay approximately 10-20 ft. away from the person in front of you. Not only are you bothering them but increasing the chance of an accident if they need to stop suddenly.
9. Radio– If you’re taking a ride in the car with someone, it’s good to let them be the DJ of your trip. No matter whether you are listening to CD’s, MP3, or the radio, it will allow you to concentrate more closely on the road and your driving.
10. Makeup/Shaving– It can be a stress to get to work in the morning on time while still getting everything done beforehand. I have personally seen more than one person either applying makeup or shaving in the car. This lowers concentration and could result in a bad accident.
No matter who you are, when driving you have a responsibility to those both inside and outside the car. If you have any of these bad habits it’s important to take care of them for everyone’s safety.