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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Seemingly Normal Driving Actions That Could Put You In Grave Danger



You might think that you’re a great driver, but are you really? Many drivers out there make regular driving errors, and they don’t even realize that they are doing it! In fact, there are lots of seemingly normal driving actions that could put you in grave danger if you don’t recognize and correct them right away.




Here’s a list of things you might be doing that could be putting you in grave danger on the road:




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Using Your Phone As A Sat Nav

Using your phone as a sat nav might seem like an innocent, and even smart way to get to where you’re going. However, it can also be dangerous. Paying too much attention to the sat nav, rather than the road and the signals can take your attention away from what’s really important. Plus, if you still have notifications come through, and even calls, you might be tempted to look at them or answer them. It’s best if you turn notifications off, and use your common sense as well as the phone to get to where you're going.




Buy something to secure the phone to your windscreen or vents so that you don’t have to look away from the road too much. Better yet, have the sat nav voice tell you where you have to go. If you don’t need to use your phone as a sat nav, then just put it in the glovebox to avoid temptation.




Becoming Angry At Other Drivers

Road rage can be triggered by a number of things. Maybe you’re furious that another driver is going so slow, or they are changing lanes without indicating. Perhaps work pressure and other triggers like heavy traffic make your road road even worse.




It has been proven that getting angry while driving, honking the horn, shouting abuse, and being hostile in general will put you at more of a risk of driving errors, and a number of accidents. Avoid aggressive driving by practicing calm and mindfulness as you drive the car. Usually, people aren't cutting you up or doing things to annoy you on purpose.




Going At The Wrong Speed

Maybe you’re going too fast, or you’re going to slow. Whatever the case, you have more of a chance of being injured in an auto accident from doing this. Speed limits were set out for a reason. Many people believe that they actually reduce their chances when going slow, but it can increase them. Drive at the speed limit and you will reduce your risk.




Eating As You Drive

Whether you’re eating a snack or a large meal doesn’t matter. You shouldn’t be eating as you drive at all. This takes your attention away from the road and can cause unsteady driving. What would you do if you dropped your food? You’d definitely get distracted!




Forgetting To Use Your Turn Signals

Using turn signals is easy and quick, yet many people conveniently forget to use them. It doesn’t matter if there aren't many cars on the road or you don’t think you need to. It’s the law, so make sure you do it. You could easily collide with another vehicle for misleading them if you don’t.  








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