(TFC) – Not all driving mistakes are created equal. Some are harmless and cannot cause any damage but the same cannot be said about the more serious types of driving mistakes. That being said, here is a list of the top ten mistakes you need to immediately stop making while driving in order to avoid fatal accidents.
According to studies, swerving is the number one reason for fatal accidents in the United States. Whether it be due to poor car control or due to distractions, swerving can cause a driver to move out of their lane and into danger. Drivers should pay complete attention to the road and be in full control of the vehicle at all times in order to avoid swerving.
Drivers should avoid unnecessary distractions. This means you should turn your cell-phone or electronic devices off or on silent while you are driving.
Driving Under the Influence
Intoxicated driving is one of the most irresponsible driving decisions you can make. It is dangerous to both you and every driver and pedestrians around you. Avoiding this is simple, if you are intoxicated, do not drive.
Over-correction, usually performed by newer drivers, usually has the opposite effect of what the panicked driver intends. It can confuse the drivers around them and increase the chances of the driver hitting an obstacle.
Driving while drowsy can be just as hazardous as intoxicated driving. Individuals who have not slept for an extended period of time should avoid driving to reduce the risk of injury or death to themselves and others.
Driving Without a Seatbelt
Driving without a seatbelt on can significantly worsen the injuries caused by car accidents. In fact, many states have laws that require you to buckle-up.
Speed limits exist for a reason. Speeding gives you a lessened reaction time to hazards and can make accidents significantly worse. You should also be sure to change your speed based on road conditions like rain or snow.
Running Red Lights
Running red lights can cause massive car accidents, especially in congested cities. Drivers should always be aware of the state of traffic lights.
The right-of-way can be a confusing concept. However, this confusion can cause the driver to confuse other drivers of themselves, therefore causing collisions and possibly injury to pedestrians.
Other Types of Reckless Driving
Other types of reckless driving can include mistakes like tailgating a car in front of you or moving in and out of traffic. Drivers who perform these behaviors can even cause truck accidents by not putting enough space between their vehicle and a truck while changing lanes.