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Habits that make the roads dangerous

Most people have their own style of driving. Some strictly follow the hands at 10 and 2 rule while others are comfortable steering with only one hand. Some people feel more comfortable sitting closer to the steering wheel while others prefer to put as much space as possible between their bodies and the dash. Some people like to listen to loud music as they drive while others prefer the windows down and the wind in their hair. Unfortunately, there are some driving habits that make certain drivers more dangerous than others.

While advances in technology and safety features have helped reduced the number of car accident related vehicles, there are still approximately 35,000 deaths due to traffic accidents every year. Many of these accidents are due to driver error or bad habits. Here are the top bad behaviors that make the roads dangerous.

Driving under the influence

Drunk driving or driving under the influence is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths. Alcohol and drugs can impair a driver to the point that they cannot react in a timely manner to what is going on around them. It is this impaired ability that makes them so dangerous to other drivers. If you see a car driving too fast, too slowly or drifting across the lane, the driver might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Take evasive actions and avoid this driver.

Drowsy driving

Drowsy driving also contributes to road fatalities. Driving on too little sleep or for hours at a time without a break can lead to a driver falling asleep behind the wheel. When this happens, the driver does not take any actions to avoid an impending wreck, meaning that his or her vehicle will crash without slowing down or swerving. If you are driving at night, pay close attention to the cars around you. The signs of a drowsy driver will usually be very similar to those of a drunk driver.

Driving too fast

After drunk driving, speeding is the second most common cause of traffic deaths. Studies have shown that there is a direct link between speed and the severity of the collision. The faster one or both vehicles were going at the time of a crash, the worse the damage to the drivers, passengers and vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers go faster than the posted speed limit or faster than is safe in bad weather or poor road conditions.

By understanding these bad habits, not only will you be able to avoid engaging in them, but you will also be more aware of them in other drivers when you are on the road in Lawnside. Being able to spot these driving habits can reduce your chances of becoming involved in a collision. However, it is not always possible to avoid a car wreck with a reckless or negligent driver. If this happens, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other damages.

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