We all have bad driving habits, but some of us have more than others. Here’s our list of the Top 5 Worst Driving Habits. Are YOU guilty of any of these?
5. Not Using Indicators
If you don’t tell other people where you’re going, how can you expect them to know? Changing lanes or turning without signaling throws others off, and it could put you in harm’s way. The worst is when drivers slow down to turn without putting their indicator on: this can catch the cars behind them off guard, and the offending individual could get rear-ended.
4. Cutting Other Cars Off
When you’re in a hurry, you often wish that the roads were completely clear so that you could zoom right through. But this is seldom the case, and weaving between lanes without regard for others is hazardous. You run the risk of being hit from behind if the driver you’re cutting off isn’t paying attention, and if you’re going too fast and squeezing between two cars, you could end up slamming into the car ahead of you. Don’t put yourself in this situation!
Tailgating is maddening for both parties involved. The driver in front is annoyed that the person behind them won’t stay off their bumper, and the driver in back of him is annoyed that he can’t go any faster. Why create this tension? After all, tailgating can lead to car accidents and it can lead to intentional actions, like brake checking. If you want to go faster, pass the car ahead of you in another lane if it is safe to do so, but keep a safe distance if it is not. Remember the 2-second rule!
Okay, we all do this once in a while. But that doesn’t make it okay! Driving above the speed limit is one of the biggest reasons car accidents happen, and it leads to many of the other behaviors on this list. Just think: how many bad incidents would be prevented if we all stuck the speed limit?
1. Using Your Mobile Phone
This is the big one, and unfortunately it’s become common among most drivers out there nowadays. It can be tempting when that ringtone goes off while you’re behind the wheel, but it’s better to resist the urge to answer. Not only does it carry 6 points and a £200 fine, talking while on your mobile is distracting, and distracted driving is dangerous driving ; it puts you and others at risk. And don’t even get us started on texting while driving! That’s got to be the biggest no-no of all.