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Worst driving occupations

man swearing on others

There are a number of stereotypes how a typical dangerous driver looks like – young and reckless males with an insurmountable desire to show off or females who use every stop at a traffic light to check out appearance in the mirror, or elderly people who tend to make unpredictable moves in most inappropriate moments, for instance, driving in the opposite direction on a one way street.

Data collected and analyzed by the journalists of The Telegraph suggests that none of the above described groups matches actual aggressors on the road. Insurance claims reveal that the drivers of which anyone taking part in the traffic should avoid are accountants. If the groups of people are categorized by their occupation, it turns out that accountants are the ones who bear the highest risk of potential peril on the road – this group accounts for as much as 16 thousand insurance claims in the United Kingdom in 2015. Obtained data allows to acknowledge the truth of comedian group Monty Python sketch where accountant has decided to switch his career to one of a lion trainer. There is a decent dose of truth in this as accountants deep inside have a prompt and adventure seeking heart.

Accountants are closely followed by other solid occupations – lawyers, financial advisers and bank managers, each of the group having about 15 thousand claims caused by their action. Additionally to these white collar occupations in top 10 you will also find doctors, pharmacists, IT professionals and more.

In contrast, the best drivers in the UK are considered to be roofers. They account for only 3850 traffic accidents in 2015. With a total of 4000 accidents farm workers follows.

People have obvious prejudices on how different occupation representatives behave on the road. This research refutes part of the myths and shows that actually the worst drivers are the ones who we typically entrust our safety and well-being.

Top 10 worst driving occupation representatives

1. Accountants

2. Lawyers

3. Doctors

4. Financial advisers

5. Real estate agents

6. Flight crew member

7. Bank managers

8. IT specialists

9. Pharmacists

10. Train drivers

Top 10 best driving occupation representatives

1. Roofers

2. Farm workers

3. Builders

4. Truck drivers

5. Cleaners

6. Floor masters

7. Factory workers

8. Mechanics

9. Butchers

10. House painters and decorators

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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!

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