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If there’s one issue behind bad driving it’s that people feel rushed in their lives. All of us feel personally pressured whether it’s time, money or expectations and that’s why we jump on the gas, brakes and make sudden lane changes.
Bad drivers need to modify their expectations, and consider the consequences and impact on others, not to mention what bad driving could do your own life and those inside your vehicle.
Habit #1: Don’t Speed. Speeding is without a doubt the leading cause of accidents, particularly serious accidents. Speeding recklessly to get to the next stoplight is not worth the small bit of time you might save. Feeling pressured and aggressive, then speeding in heavy traffic is one of the surest ways to get in trouble. Calm down and give yourself time to travel.
Habit #2: Don’t Drink and Drive. Impaired charges continue to decline which is great, but any amount of alcohol, i.e., when you’re tired, can impair your ability to drive well. Again the consequences are so severe. Why risk it?
Habit #3: Cut the Distractions. Are you distracted by problems at home or work, flashing lights, road signs, street advertising, texting or talking on your phone, drinking coffee, or talking with everyone in your vehicle? Then you are a distracted driver and at some point you’ll get in trouble. Cut the distractions and drive safer!
Habit #4: Get your Rest. The most common affliction gets little press. Research shows people are driving when they are very tired, to the point that resembles DUI. Getting more sleep and managing your life better is the solution.
Habit #5: Driving too fast for conditions. Although not technically speeding, some drivers will drive too fast in snowy, icy, rainy or dark lit conditions where it’s impossible to respond safely to an event. Going through busy intersections at the posted maximum where cars are turning isn’t illegal, but it’s precisely the time when another driver might make a bad decision. Although, the speed limit might be 80km, it’s best to slow down a little so you can respond in time.
Habit #6: Don’t Tailgate. When you follow too close, you leave yourself and the driver ahead zero room for error. Relax and give them and yourself some space.
Habit #7: Anticipate. Driving with an awareness of what’s going on around you and especially ahead of you is very wise. This gives you more time to respond should another driver pull out in front of you.
Habit #8: Look both ways. Just like pedestrian, we should be careful when turning or going through an intersection. If another driver should run a red light, or make an illegal turn, the consequences could be grave.
Habit #9: Vehicle condition. Are your brakes and tires in good enough condition? Highway maximum speeds assume your vehicle is in roadworthy condition.
Habit #10: Impulsive, Reckless Driving. This represents the greatest danger to motorist’s lives and is something police are on the lookout for. A good habit is to consider the value of your life and the rights of others on the road.
Some might suggest that bad driving comes down to personal characteristics and a person’s attitude toward others. From driving tired, to racing across red lights, to following too closely, bad drivers might need to look at their lives a little differently. If this is you, try modifying your personal expectations and relax. That way you’ll take the time to drive properly and save money!
Practiced enough, you’ll have a great new habit!