Time to Break These 5 Bad Driving Habits

By  | October 15, 2016 | Filed under: Insurance Facts, News
Rebecca Stutts Hovater

Rebecca Stutts Hovater

Drivers may slip into some bad driving habits when they’re comfortable with the road — but the following could result in a crash or a traffic violation.

Avoid these bad driving habits to help keep the road safe:

    • Failing to signal. It’s important to let other drivers and pedestrians know your next move so they can slow down and accommodate. Signal at least 100 feet in advance.


    • Rolling through stop signs. Even if you think the streets are clear, come to a complete stop before turning or proceeding into the intersection. If you don’t and the intersection is not an all-way stop, you may cause a crash.


    • Slowing down to look at crashes or construction. “Rubbernecking” is not only dangerous, but can also contribute to a chain reaction of slowed traffic. Keep your eyes on the road ahead so you can stay alert to closed lanes or police officers directing traffic after a crash.


    • Running yellow or red lights. It can increase your chance of a crash. If the light turns yellow before you reach the intersection, it’s best not to risk it.


  • Disregarding the speed limit. Though posted speed limits vary by state, use the following ranges as a general guide if you don’t see a posted limit:
    • Residential area: 15–30 mph
    • Undivided road (rural): 40–55 mph
    • Divided road (rural): 55–70 mph
    • Freeway: 55–65 mph


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