Bad Driving Habits – And How to Beat Them
Bad Driving Habits – and How to Beat Them
What type of driver are you? Safe and steady? Conscientious cruiser? Maybe an amber gambler? Perhaps you’ve been all three during your time behind the wheel. Whatever category you currently slot in to, it’s highly likely you’ll have picked up one or two bad habits along the way.
So here’s a crash course in safe driving, with some refreshing reminders of how to stay safe while on the road…
Modern driving’s big no-no. Unless you have entirely hands-free access, put your phones away when driving – and keep them away. And yes, this includes looking at Maps and texts, even when stationary. Oh – and you know when you stop at the traffic lights and you decide to have a sneaky flick through your WhatsApp? We can all see you. And if we can see you, then the boys and girls in blue can see you too.
Eyes on the Road
Over confidence is a real danger. Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can be all it takes to have an accident. Stroking pets, animated conversations or a spot of rubbernecking can be calamitous when driving. If you must have that heated political debate in the car, forget the eye-to-eye contact and keep your mince pies looking forward.
Cool Your Road Rage
Even the most mild-mannered drivers can feel a well of anger boiling if they get cut up, overtaken when adhering to the speed limit or tailgated on the motorway. Remember that bad drivers are part and parcel of life on the road and the worst thing you can do is let your anger beat you and do something you could later forget. Let the bad driving go – and hope the poor drivers live to learn their lesson later in life.
Be Kind and Considerate
If everyone was a bully driver, the roads would be much more dangerous places. A considerate driver has not only other cars and pedestrians’ best interests at heart, but also their own. Indeed, there’s a fun quiz from the RAC, where you can find out exactly what type of driver you are.
Take a Break and Relax
We’ve all seen the warning signs about driving when tired, but when you want to get to your destination the temptation to drive through fatigue can be hard to resist. But rather shockingly, research suggests that driving when tired has the same effect on your driving as alcohol. Reaction time is impaired, judgement skills are reduced and risk of an accident is multiplied. Taking a break and having a caffeinated drink are short term solutions, but getting some sleep is the only safe answer.
Senses Working Overtime
People drive with all their senses, not just sight. Certain smells can warn of engine trouble, vibrations through the steering wheel can suggest structural problems and, of course, listening to your engine is a vital part of safe driving. Keeping the music volume at a suitable level so you can hear your car and also the environment you are driving in is therefore essential.
Everyone picks up bad habits when driving – but there is no point in waiting for an accident to happen before you adjust your own. Follow these tips and the roads will be a safer place – for yourself, your family and all other drivers.