Driving accidents happen every day all over the world. Although some are the results of unavoidable circumstances, others are caused by simple avoidable human error. Many drivers aren’t familiar with common mistakes that they aren’t even aware that they’re doing.
However, by making a few simple adjustments to their driving methods, they can not only save their own lives but potentially someone else’s too. Here are some of the most dangerous driving mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
Not Maintaining a Safe Following Distance
When driving behind other vehicles, it’s crucial to maintain your distance. You never know when they could stop suddenly or make an unexpected maneuver, causing you to crash into them.
Many people are in such a hurry to get to their destination that they follow closely behind the car in front of them, not anticipating a change in speed. All it takes is a split second for a vehicle to come to a halt causing you to slam into the back of them.
Following distance is especially important when driving behind larger vehicles, like trucks, which have limited visibility. Getting hit by a truck will cause serious damage to your vehicle and all of the passengers in the car. Always drive around them with extreme caution.
Too many drivers allow themselves to get distracted while driving. They may think that since they drive every day that they’re capable of multitasking.
However, when you’re distracted while driving, you’re not anticipating what’s happening on the road. When two drivers are distracted, it’s going to cause an accident.
Your phone should be safely stored away on mute, and you should avoid doing anything which takes your eyes off the road. Don’t touch the radio or turn around to discipline the kids in the back seat. If you need to do something while driving other than hold the wheel, pull over and do it while stopped.
Failing To Check Blind Spot
Too many people rely on their mirrors when changing lanes. The problem with mirrors is that they have a blind spot. When changing lanes, you should always turn your neck to look behind you. This will ensure that you don’t cut in front of a car that isn’t visible in your mirror.
Driving Too Quickly In The Rain
Driving in the rain should be done with extreme caution. Not only is visibility reduced, but your tires can easily hydroplane or fishtail. Always drive the speed limit or slightly lower. If your visibility is dangerously low, pull over until the rain clears up. Regardless of how much in a hurry you are, nothing is as important as your life.