If you drive a lot, it’s easy to start playing fast-and-loose with your driving habits. You get a little laxer about the little things as time goes on and you might even forget why certain rules are in place, to begin with. Let’s take a look at some of the top bad driving habits that you need to break, and habits to get into in order to make your driving safer.
When you approach a stop sign, you need to come to a complete stop. Even if there’s no one else around, it’s important that you stop and look before you continue moving. This is because failure to do so could result in an accident. You never know when someone could be accelerating and didn’t notice the stop sign. While an accident could likely be considered the other person’s fault, you still don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have to explain the accident to your insurance company.
Even if you’re not worried about other vehicles, you should be worried about getting a ticket. Police often keep an eye on stop signs that people are known to roll through. When they see someone fail to completely stop, they can pull those people over and give them significant fines for such a maneuver. Who needs that kind of extra expenditure?
Running Red Lights
We’ve all been there. You’re late for work, traffic is terrible, and you’re about to sit at this red light for the third rotation. The person in front of you crawled through the intersection and the light turned yellow before you could get to it. In frustration, you gun it through the intersection.
Don’t do this. It can be tempting to run through the light to keep moving, but it’s a bad idea. For one thing, it’s dangerous: if someone else jumps the gun and rolls through the intersection quickly, you could get into an accident. Not to mention, the kind of ticket you could get for this behavior is expensive. Police take running red lights very seriously!
Don’t follow close behind the person in front of you, even if they’re driving slowly. Even in a best-case scenario, all you’re doing is making the situation less safe. In a worst-case scenario, you could anger the person ahead of you, causing them to “brake check” you by slamming on the brakes or simply slow down even more to frustrate you.
Break these bad habits and you’ll find your drive time will be safer and you’ll be much less likely to get traffic tickets!