Stay Safer on Our Roadways by Dropping these 5 Bad Driving Habits
As traffic continues to increase in Central Texas, driving becomes more and more dangerous. There are, however, things you can do to help you and everyone with whom you share the roadway stay safe. Recognizing and eliminating your bad driving habits is the most important step toward becoming a safer driver. If another driver leaves you injured in a car accident, consult with a skilled Central Texas personal injury attorney.
Improve Your Driving
Bad driving comes in myriad forms, but there are five bad driving habits that are especially prevalent and dangerous:
Interacting with Your Smartphone
We have all become dependent upon our smartphones, but when you are behind the wheel, make it your habit to disconnect. The fact is that our phones are distracting, and distracted driving is dangerous driving. Your phone can wait until you reach your destination.
The faster you drive, the more dangerous the driving situation becomes. As our lives continue to speed up, we all find ourselves in more of a rush. Speeding, however, is not the answer. Build additional time into your schedule to help ensure that you are not tempted to speed. If you are simply a habitual speeder, it is time to break the habit.
Not Using Turn Signals or Ignoring Others’
Your turn signals are there for a very important reason – to alert other drivers to your intentions. A general tendency not to use turn signals seems to be on the rise, and it makes our roadways that much more dangerous. When you plan on changing lanes or making a turn, give the drivers around you plenty of forewarning by using your signal. You must also, of course, look to ensure that it is safe to make the move before proceeding. Also, pay attention to other drivers' signals; accommodating their intentions makes the road safer for everyone.
Failing to Yield the Right of Way
Failure to yield the right of way is a leading cause of dangerous car accidents. Educate yourself regarding the rules of merging safely and adhere closely. When you are merging into traffic, always wait until you have the right of way and proceed with caution.
Driving with Headphones
Driving with headphones poses a serious danger, but motorists continue to do so. Not only do headphones distract you but they also block out important sounds that can alert you to danger, including horns and sirens. If you have something you would like to listen to while behind the wheel, set it up ahead of time.
If You Have Been Injured by a Negligent Driver, Consult with an Experienced Central Texas Personal Injury Attorney Today
If another driver’s negligence has left you injured in a car accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas have the skill, determination, and knowledge to help guide your claim toward its most positive resolution. We are here to help, so please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.