Driving is an enjoyable activity that must be performed with extreme caution. When you have been driving for a long time, most maneuvers become almost automatic, but it’s important to review your behaviors to make sure you are not
From violating right of way to turning and passing improperly, these are some of the behaviors that drivers must avoid to stay safe behind the wheel.
Driving at an improper speed increases the risk of accidents. Therefore, it’s important to take measures such as always knowing the speed limit of the area where you are driving, and allowing enough time to reach your destination. Don’t forget to reduce speed in school zones or work zones, and if a vehicle tailgates you, don’t speed up; instead, reduce your speed to encourage the vehicle to pass.
Violating Right of Way
Failure to yield right of way and disregarding traffic signals can result in serious accidents. To avoid right of way violations and crashes use this technique to scan the intersection: Look both left and right, look straight ahead and scan back left. By applying this simple procedure, you will reduce your acceleration and make sure that the intersection is safe.
Although turning is one of the most basic driving maneuvers, there are many aspects to keep in mind. To turn left, keep your vehicle close to the curb or road shoulder, check your blind spots, use your turn signal and yield to pedestrians or other vehicles before turning. To turn left, follow the same procedure, but with an additional step: Make sure to keep your wheels pointed straight ahead. This way you won’t get pushed into oncoming traffic, in case you are rear-ended by another driver.
Most states prohibit passing on the right, except under certain circumstances. There are some improper passing maneuvers that put everyone on the road under serious risk. Think, for example, of “blind passing”, that is, passing when you approach the top of a hill or a curve. When you pass another vehicle always make sure to signal, maintain adequate distance, check your blind spots and cancel the signal once you have completed the pass.
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