Road Safety | Top 5 Most Dangerous Driving Habits
Who’s had a car accident?
They can happen in a split second. The tiniest distraction like a child throwing up, or a moment of inattention like watching that Ferrari going in the opposite direction, can have devastating consequences for you and your family.
I’ve been asked to make you all aware of the five most dangerous driving habits people have because you might have one of them and I don’t want any of you to get hurt!
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As you go through the list, think to yourself, “Do I do that sometimes?” If the answer is yes, you need to start modifying your driving behaviour to make sure you break the habit, as it could mean the difference between life and death.
No matter how careful you are, however, accidents can still happen. If you’re involved in one, you should seek expert legal advice from the guys at Motor Accident Legal Service to make sure you get the best possible guidance on how to navigate any legal complications should they arise. Which they inevitable do! I nearly died when I ran my car into the back of a truck some years ago and if i’d have had these guys help me out I wouldn’t have been shouldering the cost of replacing my car . Thankfully it was only the car… Now then, my Top Five Road Safety Bad Habits are:
Speeding is the number one cause of all car accidents and is perhaps the easiest bad habit to avoid. It all comes down to paying attention – we all know that you should constantly check for speed limit signs and if you can’t see any, assume that the speed limit is 50kmp/h. Did you know that by going just 5kmp/h below the speed limit, you can greatly reduce the distance needed to come to a complete stop. Even more if it’s wet.
Tailgating is a bad habit that is not only dangerous, but distracts and intimidates the person you are tailgating. Have you heard of the three second rule? That’s when you leave three seconds worth of time between you and the car in front. It’s easy to do, just pick a fixed spot on the side of the road like a street sign or a line in the road and as the car in front of you passes it, count slowly to three – if you have passed the same sign before you reach three, then you’re too close and need to BACK OFF!
Using your mobile phone
Almost everyone has been guilty of talking on their phone while driving and it can be an extremely distracting and dangerous thing to do. The easiest thing to do here is do it when you stop at the lights! Seriously… just turn off your phone, or put it on silent mode before you set off. The other alternative is to get a proper hands-free kit installed in your car that answers call automatically and lets you keep both hands on the steering wheel. But be warned: It is not just holding or dialling a phone while driving that can be dangerous; simply having a phone conversation can distract you. Don’t forget that it’s against the law to even touch your phone whilst driving in NSW!
Eating and drinking
Most modern cars come equipped with drink holders, giving people the mistaken belief that it is safe to eat or drink whilst driving. This is certainly not the case. Spilling a hot drink while driving could easily lead to an accident. Also, if you have greasy fingers, your grip on the steering wheel could be affected and if you have to react suddenly, could contribute to you having an accident. I know it’s tempting and convenient but it’s also dangerous and the chances are that that little old lady in her Ford Fiesta is going to pull out on you just as you’re biting into your pie…
Driving while drowsy
This one is nearly as bad as drink driving. Driving while drowsy is another HUGE cause of road deaths. A micro-sleep – a split second where you drift off to sleep – can kill in an instant. We all like a ‘Nanna Nap’ every now and again but there’s a time and a place. You should never drive for more than two hours straight without taking a break. If you feel your eyelids getting heavy, don’t push through. Stop as soon as you can and take a 15 minute nap on the side of the road; it could save your life.
There you have it, my Top 5 Road Safety Tips for kicking those bad driving habits into touch and dramatically reducing your chance of having a car accident.. I know there’s some sad stories out there, don’t let YOU or your family become one.
Are there any tips you can share with us about being safe when driving?