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7 Reckless Driving Habits that Can Cause an Accident

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There are many careless drivers on the road whose actions contribute to devastating car accidents. Even "minor" driving habits can potentially lead to collisions that result in catastrophic injuries. In this blog, we discuss 7 reckless driving habits that you should avoid the next time you get behind the wheel.

#1: Speeding

Although driving 5 mph over the speed limit might not seem like a very big deal, traveling at high speeds can increase your risk of being involved in a car accident. When a driver is traveling faster than the posted speed limit, it makes it more difficult to maneuver around obstacles and bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

#2: Texting & Driving

No matter how important your message is, you should never text while you are operating a motor vehicle. Drivers who are looking at their phone instead of the road are an injury threat to pedestrians and other drivers. Texting and driving has become much more common now that the majority of drivers own smartphones.

#3: Running Red Lights

One of the most dangerous things a driver can do is run a red light at a busy intersection. It is important to resist your urge to make it through the intersection before the light turns red, otherwise you might end up causing an accident.

#4: Tailgating

Tailgating occurs when a vehicle travels way too close behind another vehicle. Don't follow the car in front of you too closely and leave enough room to allow yourself to brake. Tailgating is one of the biggest contributors to rear-end collisions.

#5: Distracted Driving

From smartphone apps to GPS navigations systems, drivers today have more to distract them than ever before. To minimize distractions, put away your electronic devices and set up your driving apps before you start your vehicle.

#6: Not Using Turn Signals

Some drivers become lazy and don't use their signals to let others know when they are making a turn or changing lanes. Using your turn signals is a simple way to help prevent serious accidents from occurring.

#7: Road Rage

Drivers who honk and shout at others on the road exhibit signs of road rage. Angry drivers tend to make unsafe decisions that can cause devastating accidents with other vehicles and pedestrians.

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