Six Bad Driving Habits That You Should Be Avoiding

No driver is perfect, it’s easy to pick up bad habits. If left unaddressed, however, they can snowball into dangerous practices. Here’s what to avoid…

Failing To Indicate

This is probably a source of irritation for most drivers and a likely habit many would cite if asked about a common complaint. Indicators exist for a reason, they’re designed to inform other drivers and road-users about your intentions. If you’re failing to use them, you’re failing to communicate your actions. This is inherently dangerous. In addition, indicating at the last minute (having basically already made a manoeuvre) is pointless – make your intentions known in good time.

Tailgating Other Drivers

There are irritating habits and there are intimidating ones. Tailgating other drivers is inherently aggressive and sure way of creating a dangerous situation. Should the car in front come to a sudden stop, the tailgater will end up crashing into their rear. It may also cause a particularly nervous driver to drive erratically themselves. Give other drivers plenty of space.

Driving Too Quickly (Or Too Slowly)

Speeding comes with obvious risks and dangers, from speeding tickets to penalty points, from losing control to full on collisions. You should always, without exception, obey the speed limit. That said, driving too slowly can be just as dangerous. Your speed should always be appropriate for the road you’re driving on.

Poor Steering Wheel Control

We’ve all come across people who insist on driving with one hand on the wheel (sometimes even none). It’s impossible to have full control of a vehicle without using both of your hands – it’s how drivers are able to react in good time should they need to swiftly change their direction or avoid an obstruction. Keep two hands on the wheel whenever you’re mobile.

Distracting Yourself 

Driving requires your complete attention. Focusing on a mobile phone, infotainment system or food means you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. Put all of the tech, food and other distractions out of reach until you’re safely parked up somewhere.

Harsh Braking

If you find yourself braking harshly all of the time, it’s a good sign that you’re not obeying speed limits or aren’t paying attention to what’s ahead of you. Harsh braking can prematurely age your vehicle’s braking system, tyres and other systems – which can all require significant amounts of money to repair or replace. If you drive at an appropriate speed, you should only ever have to gently apply your car’s brake to come to a stop.

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