Some motorists love to hit the open the road. While for other motorists, driving is simply a means to an end. One reason some motorists view driving as more of a chore than a joy, is in part due to having to share the road with other drivers. Everyone likes to think that they are a good driver. But that of course cannot be true, since clearly there are a good number of bad drivers on the road. Before you assume that you are a great driver, consider the “sins” bad drivers commonly make and ask yourself if you ever make the same mistakes. The following is a list of some of the most common bad driver sins:
- Distracted driver: Talking and texting while driving are the most common forms of distracted driving. Drivers who do not have their eyes or attention on the road are not only a danger to other drivers, but also to themselves.
- Following too closely behind other drivers: It is not only annoying to have another vehicle “ride your bumper”, but it is also a safety hazard. Be smart and leave adequate space between you and the car in front of you.
- Not having both hands on the wheel: Of course many people are in a rush, especially in the morning while trying to drop the kids off at school and make it to work on time. Taking one hand off of the wheel to sip your coffee may seem innocent enough, but it can be quite dangerous. Balancing a hot cup of coffee with one hand, while steering with the other hand, can be a recipe for disaster.
- Riding the brakes: When a person steps on the brakes not only does it slow down his or her vehicle, it also sends a signal to the drivers behind him or her. Riding the brakes sends mixed signals to the other drivers, as to whether there is a good reason to stop or not. In many cases a driver can benefit by driving a constant speed or letting his or her foot off of the gas, rather than constantly stepping on the brake pedal.
- Failing to anticipate: A bad driver is often surprised by things that he or she could have anticipated if he or she was paying proper attention to the road.
- Impeding the flow of traffic: It is important to drive the speed limit. A person who is driving much slower than the posted speed limit can cause just as many problems (if not more) than a driver who is speeding.
- Failing to use turn signals and weaving in and out of lanes: Changing lanes too quickly and without proper signaling can easily cause a nasty fender bender.
Even if you think you are a good driver, every driver can become a better driver. By working to becoming a better driver, a person not only makes the roadway a little nicer to share, but he or she also makes the roadways safer. A bad driver is not just irksome or annoying. He or she is a potential danger to others as his or her bad driving can lead to serious accidents.
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