Driving Habits You Should Avoid
M. Scott Bucci—September 13, 2017
Driving becomes dangerous when people don’t pay close enough attention to the road in front of them. It’s easy to blame another driver for a collision; however, before you blame someone else, first consider your own driving habits. Below, we provide tips that can help make your next trip a safe one.
Adjusting Your Mirror Matters
Most drivers adjust their rear-view mirror so the car’s flank and road become visible. However, it is recommended that you avoid this configuration. Instead, adjust your mirror to show only the road, not the rear of your vehicle. This will provide better escape options for blind spots that force you to look around when switching lanes.
Avoid Driving When Your Vehicle Is Hot
Hot cars are not only difficult to breathe in but can also impair your driving ability. Let fresh air into the vehicle by rolling down your windows all the way. You should also open the front and rear doors to help circulate the hot air out.
Don’t Talk or Text on Your Phone
Using a phone or other electronic device while driving significantly increases your risk of an accident. Bluetooth devices can also reduce your reaction time and distract you while driving.
Don’t Eat or Drink
Eating or drinking while you drive forces you to rely on one hand to control your vehicle. Wait to get home before eating that delicious cheeseburger or pull over to the side of the road if your hunger can’t wait.
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