We all know the dangers of drunk, drowsy, and distracted driving; but what about everyday driving faux pas? Here are a few common mistakes drivers make on a daily basis.
1. Driving Without a Seatbelt
There’s a reason it’s the law. Studies show simply buckling up saves 13,000 American lives every year. Don’t get lazy behind the wheel because you are just making a quick trip around the corner to the convenience store. A shocking number of collisions occur at low speeds not far from the point of departure, so make no exceptions. Putting on your seatbelt is one of the fastest, easiest, and most effective ways to stay safe behind the wheel. Never start your engine until you have securely fastened your seatbelt and you have checked to ensure your passengers have done the same.
2. Failing to Yield
Failure to yield the right of way is consistently one of the leading causes of collision. Whether it is on a freeway merge ramp, at a roundabout, a stop sign, or a traffic light, yielding the right of way is one of the most effective ways to prevent minor or major accidents. Other drivers expect the intersection to be clear when they possess the right of way. Predictability is always a plus on the road, and right of way laws are established to encourage it. So, adhere to traffic laws, take turns, and keep roads safer for everyone using them.
3. Driving Above (or Below) the Speed Limit
It’s simple. The faster your car is moving, the more serious the potential collision. The only driving practice which causes more fatal crashes other than speeding is drunk driving. It can be tempting to adopt a lead foot when you are in a hurry, but the potential danger is not worth any amount of saved time. Posted speed limits may seem arbitrary, but they serve an important purpose. However, exceeding the speed limit is not the only way you can increase the probability of being involved in an accident. Driving significantly below the posted speed limit also disrupts the flow of traffic which also puts you at risk at having a collision.
4. Losing Your Cool
Stress and frustration can quickly turn into angry and reckless driving. Weaving in and out of traffic, braking and accelerating suddenly, swerving, yelling or making obscene gestures at other drivers all increase your risk of confrontation and collision. Try to be easy going behind the wheel and don’t take other drivers’ behavior personally. Keeping your temper at bay helps you stay levelheaded and focused to drive safely.
Curiosity about a wreck, lose dog, or other attraction on the side of the road often competes for drivers’ attention. It is important to be aware of what is going on around you, but it is more important to prioritize. A wreck on the other side of the road doesn’t need your attention as much as the cars in your immediate vicinity. Taking your eyes off the road increases your chance of losing control of your vehicle or having to swerve in response to an unforeseen obstacle.
Safe Drive Systems is On Your Side.
We all make mistakes behind the wheel and we definitely can’t control how safely others drive around us. Safe Drive Systems offers the technology to act as your auditory and visual aid. Our systems will give you a nudge in the event of lane departure of potential collision to help prevent an accident. You don’t have to rely on your own reflexes alone. Contact Safe Drive Systems today and drive safer tomorrow.