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The 5 most common bad driving habits you need to ditch today

Mabuyane Mabuza

It’s a sunny day, and the road is busy. Cars are zooming past each other, honking their hooters as they try to cut ahead. You’re stuck in traffic, impatiently waiting for your turn to move forward. Suddenly, you notice a driver in the lane next to you, swerving across the road as they reach for something in their bag. You shake your head in disbelief, wondering how people can be so careless while driving.

This scenario is all too common on our roads. Motorists/drivers engage in a variety of bad habits while behind the wheel, putting themselves and others in danger.

Here are a few of the most common bad habits drivers engage in:

  1. Texting while driving: This is one of the most dangerous habits drivers engage in. It is well-known that texting while driving can be a deadly combination. It distracts you visually, cognitively and physically which can lead to a potentially fatal accident in the blink of an eye.
  2. Speeding: While it can be tempting to speed up when in a rush, it is dangerous. Speeding reduces the time you have to react to changes in the road or traffic and increases your stopping distance. It can also result in fatal accidents.
  3. Driving under the influence: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences. It impairs your reaction time, spatial perception and judgment all of which could lead to fatal accidents.
  4. Tailgating: Following too closely behind the car in front of you is dangerous. Not only does it reduce your reaction time, it also increases the likelihood of rear-end collisions, which can be dangerous and deadly.
  5. Running red lights: Many drivers run red lights, even when the light has been red for some time. This is very dangerous, as it increases the risk of an accident, and can result in fatal collisions.

These are just a few of the many bad habits motorists/drivers engage in while behind the wheel. We have to remember that when we get behind the wheel of a car, we are responsible for the safety of ourselves and others on the road. Eliminating these bad habits will save lives and help to make our roads safer for everyone.

Fortunately, there are many ways to overcome bad habits while driving.

One effective way to overcome bad habits while driving is to practice mindfulness. Instead of allowing your mind to wander or become distracted, focus your attention on the road and your surroundings. Be aware of your speed, the distance between you and other vehicles, and any pedestrians or obstacles in your path. By staying focused on the task at hand, you can avoid getting distracted or falling into bad habits.

Another way to overcome bad habits while driving is to use technology to your advantage. Many modern vehicles come equipped with driver-assist systems and safety features that can help you stay safe on the road. Some of these features include automatic braking, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. By utilizing these features and staying up-to-date with the latest safety technology, you can reduce your risk of getting into an accident.

It is important to cultivate good driving habits through regular practice and education.

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