With every blog, we are learning to be safer drivers. By eliminating dangerous driving habits, we make the road safer for everyone on it, not just ourselves. Over the last two blogs, we have checked off 5 very dangerous driving habits. We have emphasized the importance or yielding properly, of wearing a seatbelt, and of avoiding reckless and aggressive driving. Improving as a driver is just like improving at anything else in life. You must be aware of your bad habits, and work systematically to eliminate them. Now, let’s learn about 2 more dangerous driving habits.
- Drafting/Following too Close
This is a habit that individuals who often partake in long distance drives frequently practice. Following closely behind a large vehicle like an 18-wheeler can improve your fuel economy. It is also extremely dangerous. When traveling on a highway or freeway, you will be moving at high speed. You need to keep the proper amount of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you in case they suddenly hit the brakes. If you go slamming into the back of a semi-truck, you are going to be the one facing severe damage, not the truck.
- Driving Under the Influence
Year in and year out, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration lists driving under the influence as THE leading cause of traffic-related fatalities. Alcohol inhibits your ability to drive, affects your decision making, and slows your reaction time. Never get behind the wheel of a car if you are impaired in the slightest. Arrange for alternative transportation. If you are spending a night out, elect a designated driver or utilize taxi or Uber services.
If you are involved in an accident in which you believe someone was exhibiting any one of these dangerous driving habits, we encourage you to seek legal representation and to explore your legal rights.