The problem with other road users is, that they’re just not as courteous and safe as we are. Right? We all like to think that we’re the best drivers out there and that everyone else is wrong, but the truth is that all of us have bad driving habits. And some of us might not even realize!
Bad driving habits are common, but some are more dangerous than others. Chances are if you’re involved in a car accident, the person responsible was driving irresponsibly and indulges in bad driving habits. Speak to a Long Island PI attorney as soon as possible if you’ve been injured in a car accident.
So, are you guilty of any of these bad driving habits? Check out some bad habits of terrible drivers below.
Do you tailgate? You may not even realize you’re doing it. Tailgating is often done by aggressive drivers to demonstrate their frustration or as a way to pressure the driver in front to speed up. You may find yourself too close to the car in front and not realize, if this is the case then simply slow down. If you’re on the receiving end of an impatient, tailgating driver don’t engage with them just pull over where possible and let them pass.
Not using your signals
Some drivers think that all road users are mind readers, which is probably why they neglect to use their signals correctly when turning or changing lanes. In reality, it’s probably laziness and a bad habit that’s developed over time. When you don’t use your signals correctly, it’s not just other drivers that are confused and frustrated. It’s pedestrians who are waiting to cross the road and cyclists who could also be in danger.
Braking at the last minute
Speeding up to get through the lights before they change again or taking advantage of an empty road and upping your speed… These are quite common actions of bad drivers however it’s when they brake harshly at the last minute that poses the biggest risk. Not only are they giving themselves less time to react and potentially damaging their car, but they’re giving the drivers around them less time to react to the sudden change in their speed, which makes a crash much more likely.
Using the horn aggressively
Believe it or not, using the horn to display your frustration and anger is classed as aggressive driving. It’s difficult not to succumb to that rising road rage, especially when someone else is being dangerous or thoughtless. You may not know but the car horn is there to warn others of danger. Not as a way to show aggression. If you’re worried the other driver can’t see you or they’re moving a little too close to your vehicle you might want to give the horn a short, sharp blast. But other than that, keep your hands on the wheel!
You’ll find that everyone has bad driving habits, so it’s important that you recognize your own and do your best to kick them to the curb!
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