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Things You Do in Traffic That Other Drivers Hate

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How much attention do you pay to other drivers around you when you’re on the road? More often than not, drivers don’t give much in the way of attention to each other on the road. However, there are some habits you might have in traffic that drivers around you can’t help but notice. You might not even realize that the things you’re doing are giving other drivers problems!

Here are the three top things you’re doing in traffic that other drivers hate.

Not Signaling Your Turns

Make sure you signal before any turn or lane change. You might be the kind of person who drives quickly, giving little mind to others on the road. However, this is a bad plan: other drivers might not notice you making your maneuver, and your lack of a turn signal gives them no time to react to you.

Even if you don’t think there’s anyone around when you’re driving, it’s still important to signal your turns. Someone could be in your blind spot, or there could be drivers on intersecting roads who are waiting to see where you’re going before turning.

Following Too Closely

Don’t follow the person in front of you too closely. No matter what you’re doing on the road, there’s never a good reason to follow the person in front of you so closely that they feel uncomfortable. That’s the case even if they’re driving slowly on a one-lane road.

A good rule of thumb is to leave one car length between the person ahead of you for every ten miles per hour you’re both traveling. So, if you’re going 30 MPH, leaving three car lengths between you and the person in front of you is ideal. When you come to a complete stop, leave enough room between your car and the car ahead of you so that you can see their tires from a normal seated position.

Riding in the Wrong Lane

When you’re on the highway, make sure you’re in the correct lane. The right lane is for normal traffic, while the left lane is for passing. You shouldn’t ride in the left lane, and you should absolutely not pass on the right.

This flow of traffic is important to preserving safety, especially at highway speeds. If you pass on the right, the person in the left lane might not notice you and this could cause an accident if they try to get over while you’re overtaking them.

Just try to stay aware of all the people around you on the road, and don’t drive in such a way that you’ll put others in danger. Safety is paramount when you’re behind the wheel.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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