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You know how easy it is to slip back into bad habits if you’ve been driving for a while. Sometimes we drive at high speeds, forget to take note of speed limits, start changing lanes without using our turn signals, or even forget the importance of keeping a safe distance from other cars.
Developing bad habits while driving is a quick way to cause a car accident and drive up your car insurance rates. Below, we provide tips to help make your next trip safe.
Don’t Text and Drive
Texting while driving is one of the most common bad driving habits. Texting while you drive can be extremely dangerous, leading to accidents. Most rear-end accidents occur due to texting and driving because drivers fail to pay attention to the car ahead of them. If you need to send a text, pull over to the side of the road and take care of it there.
Focus on the Road
Another common bad driving habit is not paying attention to the road. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially if you’re driving around a busy city like Richmond.
Be sure to keep your eyes on the road, be aware of other cars, try to keep two hands on the steering wheel, and avoid distractions such as using your navigation system, daydreaming, or dealing with children or pets.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is another dangerous habit that can lead to accidents. If you’re going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver to take you home.
Don’t Drive While Tired
Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. If you’re feeling tired, pull over and take a break. Get some coffee or take a nap – just make sure you’re not behind the wheel when you’re tired.
Don’t Drive Recklessly
Driving recklessly is another common bad driving habit. Drivers who drive recklessly often speed, tailgate, run red lights, and cut off other cars. All of these behaviors can lead to accidents.
Don’t Drive Aggressively
Most drivers experience road rage, which may cause them to drive aggressively. It’s difficult but also important to be patient with other drivers. If someone cuts you off, don’t honk your horn or try to get back in front of them and start brake checking.
Don’t Eat Or Drink
Sometimes the smell coming from your takeout bag is just too tempting. Still, it’s important to wait till you get home before eating that delicious cheeseburger or pull over to the side of the road if your hunger can’t wait. Eating or drinking while driving forces you to rely on one hand to control your vehicle.
Keep Gas in Your Car
Some drivers wait till their gas meter goes beyond empty. Driving around without much gas in your car’s gas tank can ensure that your bank account suffers from a surprise expense. The price at the fuel pump is still better than a towing bill!
Obey Traffic Laws
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s still worth mentioning. Following the traffic laws will help keep you safe on the road. Obey the speed limit, stop at red lights, and don’t run stop signs.
These are just a few of the driving habits that you should avoid. If you want to stay safe on the road, make sure to follow these tips and be aware of your surroundings. Drive safely!
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