Driving is a privilege and that is why people need to have a license in order to do so. Even though someone passes a written and on the road driving test does not mean that they are great drivers. In fact, there are many mistakes that many drivers make that they may not even be aware of. The following are the 5 common driving mistakes that everyone makes:
1. Not Driving for the Conditions – This basically means that the drivers are not paying attention to the road conditions while they are driving. If it is snowing or raining, they do not slow down so they can give themselves more time to stop. This alone creates more accidents than many other common driving mistakes.
2. Forgetting to Yield the Right Away – There is a distinct right of way that is given drivers in certain situations. This right of way is often forgotten when people are trying to get some place quickly. Make sure you know the exact right of way for your state in order to be a polite and courteous driver to those who are on the road with you. One common mistake is at a four way stop when there are four vehicles waiting. The vehicle to the right is the first to make their move. The car directly opposite them, if traveling in the same direction, may also enter the intersection but the other vehicles must wait.
3. Using Mobile Phones While Driving – There are many times when a call or text comes in and a person grabs their phone and answers either one. Many states have enacted laws that are designed to keep people off of their cell phones while they are driving. Unfortunately, these laws do not include texting as of yet. This can create a huge distraction for drivers and if it is an emergency and the mobile phone has to be answered or a text read, the driver should pull off to the side of the road to do this.
4. Improper Seat Adjustments – Everyone has seen the driver that is practically lying in their seat because the position is so far back. They are stretching to reach the steering wheel and can barely see over the dashboard. This is a huge mistake as it does not allow the driver enough time to avoid an accident and they cannot see the road in front of them. The seat should be adjusted to be comfortable while still being able to see over the dashboard.
5. Not Using Turn Signals When Changing Lanes – This is the worst of all the common driving mistakes that can be done particularly when driving in heavy traffic. Always use your indicator to show the drivers ahead and behind you that you intend to change lanes. This can avoid a collision if another vehicle is intending the same lane change and who is speeding up to get by a slow driver.
Taking the time to pay attention to these common driving mistakes can help you to avoid collisions when on the road. These are minor issues that can create huge catastrophes. Always sit properly, pull over to use the mobile phone, drive for the conditions and use your turn signal when changing lanes.