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Fixing Bad Driving Habits = Safer Roads for All

Breaking bad driving habits can be challenging, as old habits tend to stick around. While bad habits behind the wheel of a car may be common like a tendency to speed, texting while driving, failing to use turn signals, and not coming to complete stops at stop signs, they are not impossible to change. By making a few small adjustments to how you drive, you can make a world of difference, benefiting both yourself as well as others sharing the road with you.

The reality behind unsafe driving habits

Even though it may feel like some bad driving habits are inconsequential, it’s important to know that even the smallest lapses in concentration and judgment while driving can have catastrophic consequences. Recent statistics released in 2021 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 3,522 people in the United States were killed in distracted driving incidents. 

Furthermore, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety uncovered alarming findings in their annual Traffic Safety Culture Index. More than half of the online survey respondents admitted to engaging in some form of risky behavior while driving in 2022. These behaviors included speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and even driving while impaired.

Limit distractions as much as possible

Keeping your eyes on the road is critical for ensuring you’re as safe as possible and the best way to do so is to limit distractions. Waiting until you have come to a complete stop to look at your cell phone, applying your makeup before you get in the car, and eating when you arrive where you’re going are all important ways to curb some bad habits you may have about driving distracted. 

Obey the speed limit

Driving above the speed limit is a factor in one-third of all vehicle fatalities. Speed limits are not simply suggestions, they are designed to help you and those around you drive as safely as possible. Regardless of how skilled and experienced you are behind the wheel; higher speeds diminish your control over your vehicle.

Speeding not only increases the risk of accidents but also impairs your reaction time to potential hazards. If you are prone to speeding, try to leave earlier so you’re not rushed, and pay closer attention to your speed so you can adhere to speed limits. Cruise control is also a great tool to utilize on highways to help you maintain a steady and consistent speed.

Drive when you are alert and sober

While it may appear obvious, impaired driving and drowsy driving are both incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal. Substances such as alcohol or drugs significantly hinder your driving ability, impairing your reasoning, muscle coordination, and judgment. This behavior is one of the deadliest resulting in over 7,000 traffic crashes in 2023 in New York State which led to the loss of over 335 lives, marking a 30% increase from the 262 deaths recorded in 2019. 

Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous and the best way to help break this habit is to stop for breaks frequently (every two hours or 100 miles) and pull over when you notice you have trouble keeping your eyes open.

Get connected to an attorney you can trust

Other habits that are important to break include aggressive driving like cutting off other drivers, honking unnecessarily, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating and not using turn signals. All of these can lead to confused drivers and deadly accidents. Breaking any bad driving habits requires conscious effort and commitment but the result of a safer road for all is well worth it. 

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you need a reliable legal ally. With over 30 years of experience, Mark T. Freeley is a personal injury lawyer you can trust. Contact Mark by phone/text at 631-495-9435 or by email at northshoreinjurylawyer@gmail.com, and he will take the time to listen and speak with you.

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