10 Dangerous Habits Behind the Wheel

youngster eating and drinking while driving

Non of us is perfect, everyone has his own flaws. Unfortunately, these flaws behind the steering wheel can have some really tragic consequences. Hence, now is the best and most appropriate moment to start working on them. If you start by monitoring and if necessary restricting your own actions, after a few short weeks the undesirable habits will be long gone and your driving style will have become a more reliable one.

Eating and drinking

Yes, many do it. But it is very risky – eating behind the vehicle’s wheel, a driver needs almost twice as much time to react to sudden, unpredictable traffic situations. And nobody wants to deal with nasty food stains.

Smoking

Smoking kills in many different ways. Finding your pack of cigarettes, igniting one and smoking one is a clear distraction from the road. In addition, those who smoke while driving tend to be more reckless and aggressive, and often exceed allowed speed limits.

Speaking on the phone without using a hands-free system

In such conditions, attention is divided between driving, watching the road and a telephone conversation, possibly dealing with some serious issues. Insufficient focus on the traffic can have many consequences, including a neat fine. And, of course, you can say some stupid things you will regret later.

Search for destination on your smartphone

Always find the destination and set the route before the trip! Examining navigation maps or other apps on your phone while you drive will result in a significantly longer reaction time. Hence, there might be times you simply won’t be able to avoid the collision. Is it really a good idea?

SMS and e-mail reading and writing

Perception of the received information, consideration of possible answer and writing it while balancing the phone in hand and trying to hit the right spot on the display, make even a professional driver into a mass murderer. This is a big no-no behind the wheel.

Having no insurance

Driving around without insurance has a real and significant risk to find your-self in a bunch of problems starting from fines, legal issues till stomach ulcers from stress. Think not only about yourself or your car that might suffer in various cases, but also about other people – their health, lives and property. Remember, you can find yourself dealing with these problems even if you are not technically/formally guilty.

Failure to have a safe distance

Sufficient distance saves lives, but lack of it may threaten you, your passengers, your vehicle and the rest of society. Bear in mind that a safe distance is longer than the length to fully stop your vehicle. Hence, on a wet or icy road it is considerably longer than on a dry road; autumn and winter is the seasons of year this should be especially taken into account.
Coarse gesture and sound signal usage

No matter how awkward or annoying another driver would seem, he or she will not start driving better if you become aggressive. You will not get a positive feedback on a negative comment! In addition, the laggard may be someone you know and have a deep respect towards to, how would that make you feel?

Unnecessary and aggressive lane change

With a reckless behavior on the road you will neither gain a popularity, nor become a professional driver. However, you have a good chance of running into trouble and create difficulties for yourself and others who may not be ready for your actions.

You are too slow

Not only reckless driving and speeding can be dangerous, but also driving too slow. Drive yourself normally and let others do it too!