Terrible driving habits are only human, but we can actively condition our bodies to avoid these habits to make us better drivers.
Until self-driving cars become the standard, we are going to have to deal with the driving habits of everyone with which we share the road. And that can mean a road full of danger at every turn. Here are a few driving habits you can work on to decrease your chances of a traffic accident.
- Not Wearing Seat Belts
There are still far too many of us that have not gotten the message despite all the commercials and signs on the road. Safety belts reduce the risk of injury and death in a car crash, so there is no real excuse to not wear a seat belt.
- Ignoring the Speed Limit
The faster you drive, the less time you have to react to things that happen in front of you. Follow the speed limit and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you to react to things in a calm timely and manner.
- Improper Maintenance
One of the worst habits you can generate is to ignore the needs of your car. Make sure the fluids, tire pressure, filters, and cleanliness of your car are regularly maintained in order to keep your risk low.
- Distracted Driving
Drivers have short attention spans and slow reaction times. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes: texts, phone calls, makeup, music, another accident, or even something as simple as a cloud. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. Make sure to keep your eyes on the road at all times to avoid distracted driving.