By being aware of these common driving mistakes and taking care to avoid them, we can help make our roadways safer for everyone.
In 2020 alone, the US saw over 38,824 road fatalities. That’s an average of 106 deaths every day. While many factors can contribute to a car accident, a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety found human error is the critical reason for 94% to 96% of crashes. This means that, in most cases, accidents could be avoided if drivers were more careful on the road.
To help make our roadways safer, we’ve compiled a list of the five most common driving mistakes people make. Hopefully, by raising awareness of these errors, we can help reduce the number of accidents and save lives.
Mistake #1: Not Checking Blind Spots
Although car manufacturers have made great strides in improving visibility, blind spots remain a common cause of accidents. When changing lanes or merging, it’s essential to check your mirrors and look over your shoulder to ensure no other vehicles are in your blind spot. Failing to do so can result in a collision, which can cause serious injuries or even death.
Mistake #2: Speeding
While it may seem like a harmless infraction, speeding is dangerous and can lead to severe accidents and injuries. In 2020, researchers found speeding was a factor in roughly 29% of all traffic fatalities. Speeding makes it more difficult to control your vehicle, but it also increases the likelihood of colliding with another car or object.
Furthermore, speeding makes it harder for other drivers to react to sudden changes in your car’s speed, further increasing the risk of an accident. If you want to avoid being involved in a severe accident, it’s important to avoid speeding. Instead, follow the posted speed limit and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Mistake #3: Not Wearing a Seatbelt
Most of us are guilty of driving without a seat belt at some point or another. Whether we’re just running to the store down the street or going on a long road trip, it’s all too easy to forget to buckle up. However, not wearing a seatbelt is one of the most dangerous driving mistakes. It increases your risk of being injured in an accident. It’s also illegal in many states, including Missouri.
Mistake #4: Tailgating
Tailgating is when you follow another vehicle too closely. This is dangerous because it gives you less time to react if the car in front of you stops suddenly. Always leave a safe following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Mistake #5: Not Yielding to Pedestrians
Whether you’re turning at a crosswalk or simply pulling out of a parking spot, it’s essential to always look for pedestrians and give them the right of way. Failing to do so can result in a severe accident – and potentially even a lawsuit.
By being aware of these dangers and taking care to avoid them, we can help make our roadways safer for everyone.
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