Despite what people may think or say, everyone has gained some bad driving habits since the days when they learnt to drive. Some of those habits might not be anything that is a cause for concern, whereas other can have severe or disastrous consequences if something went wrong.
Vast numbers of drivers are often involved in road traffic accidents due to negligent driving, and sometimes the results of their actions can prove fatal – either for them or other parties.
If you feel that you might have picked up some bad habits somewhere along the way, then you should check out these common bad habits that many people have, and the reasons why you should get rid of them!
In order to light up a cigarette whilst you are driving, you first have to get your cigarette packet, take out one of those cigarettes and put it in your mouth, and then either use your cigar lighter or a lighter.
Besides potentially setting yourself on fire due to your attempts to light your cigarette whilst you are in charge of a moving vehicle, the distraction of doing so could cause you to not spot a pedestrian crossing the road in front of you, for example, leading to prosecution from the law.
Using your mobile phone
I’ve lost count of the number of people I see on a daily basis that are either engaged on a telephone conversation or texting on their mobile phones. Rather shockingly, I see a number of people doing so whilst in charge of large goods vehicles!
It is against the law to be using your mobile phone whilst driving, even if you are sat at some traffic lights. If anyone phones you whilst you are driving, they will leave a message on your voicemail service if it is important.
Using your sat-nav device
A sat-nav device is designed to get you from A to B safely and quickly. It reads out instructions to you as you drive, so that you can focus on what’s important – driving.
You should never fiddle with the settings on your sat-nav whilst you are driving. If you need to make any adjustments to your route, you should pull over somewhere first, as long as it is safe to do so.
Something that I rarely see happening these days (thank goodness) is people that read whilst they are driving! It is the stupidest thing anyone that is in charge of a vehicle can do, and significantly increases the chances of being involved in a collision with something or someone.
Years ago when I was learning to drive, one of my driving instructors was reading a note from something whilst he was driving the car to an area where I could practice my reverse cornering. I promptly fired him at that point and got a new instructor soon after. Rather ironic I thought, seeing as he was supposed to be teaching me the correct way of driving!
This blog post was kindly submitted by Kiera Lamb, an auto blogger for used cars Hull dealer Eddie Wright.