Top 10 Bad Driving Habits to Avoid
Corner Park Garages, Swansea and Cardiff
October 16, 2017 at 3:50 PM
Driving can be a stressful activity at the best of times. It is a driver’s responsibility to pay due care and attention to the road and behave in a way that does not cause danger to road users or pedestrians.
Careless driving and the adoption of dangerous habits can result in serious accidents. They can also lead to fines, license suspension, and encourage bouts of road-rage.
Here are the top 10 Bad Driving Habits that put road users and pedestrians at risk:
1 – Tailgating
Tailgating is an unnecessary and dangerous way to drive. It puts pressure on the driver in front, and prevents the tailgater from having a clear view of the road ahead.
2 – Last Minute Braking
This increases the risk of skidding, as well as being hit by the car behind. It also places extra stress on tyres and brakes, which results in higher maintenance costs.
3 – Poor Maintenance of Vehicle
A car has many ways to notify owners of issues. Squealing brakes, soft tyres, rattling, and a whole host of onboard electrical notifications demand urgent attention.
Tyres should be checked regularly for pressure, general wear and damage. Any tyres that are not road-legal should be replaced immediately. As the only point of contact between the car and the road it is vital that tyres are in good order and inflated to the correct pressure.
4 – Taking Phone Calls Behind the Wheel
Accepting a phone call whilst driving immediately takes the driver’s focus from the road, and takes a hand off the wheel. It is both dangerous and illegal.
5 – Dangerous Overtaking
This is a major cause of serious accidents. There are many elements that must be considered: the conditions on the road, hidden dips, deceptive corners, as well as the unpredictable actions of other drivers. Oncoming drivers may have the same intention of dangerous overtaking.
Always drive carefully and wait for safe sections of the road to overtake.
6 – Repeatedly Honking the Horn
Cars don’t usually stop without a valid reason. Constantly honking the horn will not speed up a traffic jam caused by an issue further down the road.
A horn should only be used to warn other road users and pedestrians of danger, and not as an expression of frustration.
Relentlessly honking the horn does nothing but aggravate other drivers, increasing the stress of the situation and encouraging actions that can result in accidents.
7 – Speeding Through Amber at Traffic Lights
At traffic lights, amber is a signal to slow down in preparation to stop. It is not an invitation to speed through before the red light appears. This creates danger to other road users and pedestrians.
8 – Not Paying Attention to the Road
Whenever a person slides into the driver’s seat they take responsibility for the car, it’s passengers, other road users, and pedestrians.
If you want to look at the scenery, find another driver, or take the bus.
9 – Failing to Indicate
The only ways to notify other road users of a driver’s intentions are the positioning of the car, break lights, and indicators. They must be used accurately, and in plenty of time.
10 – Not Adhering to Road-signs
Failing to slow down near schools just because it is the weekend creates life-changing risks that must be avoided. Warning signs are put up for a reason and cannot be ignored at any time.
Identify and Remove these Habits
There are many other bad habits displayed by drivers. Not holding the wheel at the 10 and 2 position may be seen as a minor bad habit, while night-time driving brings it’s own set of risks, and failing to dip headlights can cause danger all round.
The list above covers the habits that cause most danger and annoyance on the road, but you should always be on the look-out for any other dangerous behaviour that threatens people’s safety.
Minimising risk is an obligation of drivers. The best drivers and cars can still be vulnerable to bad habits and momentary lapses in concentration.
Drivers who display any of these behaviours should get back to the basics. Pay attention to the road, show concern for others, and that old favourite: Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre.