Across the United States, there are millions of drivers who practice bad habits when behind the wheel. Those who drive in the state of Nevada are no exception to this dangerous trend. Below are some of the most common mistakes that drivers commit when they are on or off the road. Despite being common bad habits, these are critical mistakes that can cause serious harm should an accident occur. Avoiding engaging in these bad habits can be the difference between getting to your destination safely or being at-fault in a Las Vegas car accident.
Bad Habits to Avoid
While there are likely many more bad habits that should be avoided when on Nevada’s roads, below are the top five that you should not engage in if you are driving:
- Failing to use your turn signal: Despite all of us learning the importance of proper use of turn signals in driver’s education class or school, many of us have forgotten that turning signals even exist. It is pretty common for a traffic accident to involve someone failing to use a turn signal, which resulted in a crash. Even if you are not planning on making a turn, it is best to keep proper practice–like when changing lanes–to avoid a collision.
- Driving while you are fatigued: Many of us experience extreme eye strain on a daily business. The result could be from too much TV, computers, or smartphone use. Another reason could be that a practically half of Americans work more than one job and, as a result, are just exhausted. When extreme fatigue or sleepiness strikes, it is best not to get behind the wheel and instead call a taxi or car share service. The effects of driving while fatigue are similar to those of driving while under the influence; therefore, you should not get behind the wheel if you are too tired to drive.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a problem in America, no matter what part of the country you are in. These types of accidents are often 100% preventable because poor habits such as eating, grooming, texting, and doing other things are choices. There are several hands-free driving options in the U.S. that can make distracted driving no longer an issue on our roads.
- Failing to heed weather conditions: Inclement weather should always be on the forefront of a driver’s mind, no matter the type. Heavy rain, fog, light sandstorms, snow flurries are all examples of types of weather that should change a driver’s behavior but, unfortunately, do not. Failing to heed weather changes can often result in car accidents.
- Driving above the speed limit: Speeding is perhaps the oldest bad driving habit. As many as 1.3 million people die annually around the world due to car accidents; a significant portion of these deaths can be attributed to speeding. Most of us are in a hurry all the time: to get to work, to take kids to school, to get home, or to keep up with social obligations. Being in a hurry can cloud our judgment even though running late is not an excuse for violating speeding laws.
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