5 Common Driving Mistakes that can lead to An Accident


October 15, 2021
Advice, Automotive
Editorial


As of 2020, there are 287.3 million people who own a registered vehicle. But, every day in the United States, 3,700 people lose their lives on the road, plus there are 20-50 million non-fatal car accident injuries as well. So you can see car accidents are widespread in the United States.

So, how can you avoid being in a car accident? What mistakes can you try to avoid so that you are not one of the many people who get injured?

Keep reading to learn more.

  1. Driving While Distracted

People who drive while distracted are usually texting or talking on the phone while driving. Thankfully, some newer models of cars have a no-touch function that allows drivers to text and make calls. Other forms of distracted driving include changing the radio station, adjusting the GPS, eating, applying makeup, and paying attention to other things besides the road.

  1. Driving While Intoxicated

Most people think that driving while intoxicated means driving while drunk, but it can also mean driving while on drugs. Every day, 28 people lose their lives due to drunk drivers. When you drive while intoxicated, your mind is altered due to alcohol or drugs. Therefore, your vision, thinking, and muscle coordination make it so you cannot react well on the road.

  1. Intersection Crashes

Another common driving mistake is not stopping at stop signs, running red lights, and not yielding to traffic when signs indicate you must do so. Some of us have seen a person in a rush run through a red light and get T-boned. To avoid this mistake, make sure to adhere to all traffic laws. Adhering to traffic laws means stopping at red or even yellow lights, making a complete stop at stop signs, and yielding to oncoming traffic when a yield sign indicates it.

  1. Driving an Unmaintained Car

Making sure your car is roadworthy is essential for safe driving. But, a common mistake people make is driving vehicles with tire problems, steering wheel issues, suspension or transmission issues, or faulty brakes. A way to avoid this problem is always to make sure that your vehicle is in good condition by visiting an auto mechanic for regular maintenance.

  1. Poor Decision-making

Last on our list is making poor decisions. Poor choices include driving over the speed limit, misjudging the speeds of other vehicles, driving while sleepy, and driving too fast around curves. A way to avoid these mistakes is to drive at the speed limit and never drive while fatigued.

Now that you know some of the most common mistakes drivers make, you should be able to avoid them yourself in the future. Please, make sure to drive carefully and enjoy the open road.

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