If you’ve owned a car for a few years, then I’m sure you’ve had at least one incident where another driver made you blare your horn and yell some words I’m not allowed to publish here. If you’ve ever wondered what these drivers’ problems are, the answer is simple. They’re human, and they think they’re perfectly good drivers. You may think you’re the best driver on the road, but are you really? Here are a few signs that you’re making the roads dangerous…
You may think that driving slowly is inherently safer, but this isn’t always the case. Safe driving is more to do with meeting people’s expectations. The other drivers around you are expecting you to stay in the correct lane, signal, and keep up with the flow of surrounding traffic. If you’re moving way too slow, even if you’re around the speed limit, other drivers will be likely to scramble past you. This can easily lead to an accident. Although this is more a problem with other drivers, keeping up with surrounding traffic is a good habit to get into.
A huge proportion of people admit to using their phones at the wheel, eating while on the highway, and other forms of multitasking. Yes, it’s certainly possible to drive safely while doing something else in the car. However, every time you divide your attention between the road and something else, you’re increasing your risk of a crash. A lot of modern injury lawyers take countless cases where distracted driving is the root cause. If you know you’re in the habit of multitasking whenever you drive, you need to turn this around. Don’t listen to music that’s too loud, wait until you’re stopping at lights to take a bite of that sandwich, and start using the voice feature on your phone more often.
You’re Always Changing Lanes
The lanes on the highway are put there for a reason: allowing drivers to pass slower-moving vehicles on the left. If you treat highways like residential roads and make erratic lane changes all the time, you’re seriously upping your chances for a crash. It’s probably been a while since you had to worry about driver’s ed, but keep the rules in mind. The right lane is for entering and exiting, the middle is for cruising, and the left is for passing. If you can’t stick to such a simple system, you probably shouldn’t have a license!
When you hear stories from your friends about crashes or near misses, it’s pretty common to hear that another driver “came out of nowhere”. Of course, cars don’t materialize on the road. These drivers that “come out of nowhere” are usually very close, and moving in the driver’s blind spot. A lot of people forget about their blind spots completely after passing their test. Make sure you’re checking it frequently to minimize your chances of a serious collision. This is especially important if you live in an area with a lot of motorcycles.