1Driving While Taking Medication
Certain medications cause you to feel sleepy or even disoriented. These may be either prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs. You should always read the warnings and precautions on any medication before you take it and drive.
2Driving When You’re Tired
If you’re too tired when you drive, you won’t be as alert to notice problems before they cause an accident. You may not pay attention to the change in the traffic light or notice when another vehicle is approaching. It’s best to take a break and rest before driving if you feel tired or sleepy.
3Driving through a Yellow Light
While it isn’t technically illegal to drive through a yellow traffic light, it is a bad habit that can be dangerous. If the light turns red before you make it all the way through the intersection, you could cause an accident. Other drivers may be ready to go when their light turns green and not notice you in their way.
While many people will say “everyone does it” when they are accused of speeding, it is against the law. You’re more likely to lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident when you are going over the speed limit. The situation becomes even more dangerous if the weather is rainy, snowy, foggy or dark.
5Driving after Drinking
You may think it’s no big deal to drive home after one or two drinks at happy hour. You’re not technically drunk, and you feel fine. However, even one drink can slow down your reflexes; you may be unable to respond quickly enough to avoid an accident.
Tailgating is not only illegal; it is incredibly dangerous. You can get stopped and ticketed for failing to maintain a safe distance. If the person in front stops suddenly, you may not have enough time to react and avoid an accident. The problem is even worse if you’re tailgating in the rain or snow when stopping time takes even longer.
Some people use their driving time to do other things. They may eat, do personal care, or check phone messages or emails. All of these activities take your focus off the road, and they can lead to an accident. It only takes a few seconds for your mind and eyes to wander, and when you look back, it’s too late to avoid a collision. Even changing the radio station can be enough to cause an accident, so always make driving your first priority.
If you see any of these habits in your own driving, make a decision now to stop them and become a safer driver. It only takes one time for the habit to cause a serious accident.