No matter how good someone thinks they are at driving or how often they are behind the wheel, no one is a perfect driver. In fact, in some cases, the more skilled of a driver you arrest, the more that you may believe that you’re above the rules. However, the rules are set in place for a reason. Without having traffic laws set in place, there would be constant chaos.
Not all driving blunders are intentional, however. In some cases, people may not have any idea they’re even guilty oft hem. Some are less serious than others, while there are many that could be fatal.
You might be shocked to learn that you’re one of the many people on the road, not even realizing you’re putting you and others in danger.
Take a look at some of the most common mistakes drivers make that most of us have been guilty of at least once.
Since we don’t have eyes in the back of our heads, mirrors are a critical part of safely navigating amongst surrounding cars. Failing to see oncoming traffic from behind or your side could lead to getting in a serious accident.
Your rearview mirror should show you a full view of your back window without having to move your head. If you’re over six feet tall, flip the mirror 180 degrees to get a few more inches of visibility.
Your side mirrors should be angled so that you can see your blind spots, and just barely the side of your car.
Remaining In The Passing Lane
You’d be surprised at the number of drivers who don’t realize that the farthest left lane is for passing, not driving gingerly. The lane is made for passing and getting out of. Don’t even think about staying there! You’re not just making your fellow drivers upset who are trying to get somewhere, but you are also setting yourself up for a fine.
Only Using Your Beams at Night
Your headlights aren’t just for nighttime and adverse weather conditions. Experts now recommend driving at all times with your headlights on to increase the chances of other drivers seeing you in oncoming traffic.
Don’t fall into the myth that turning on your headlights affects your gas mileage. Turn them on all the time, especially in states where it’s the law!
Changing Lanes While Turning
Most people can admit they’re guilty of this. However, you can seriously injure yourself or other drivers. Don’t switch lanes until after you’ve turned and signaled the lane change.
In that seemingly small and harmless split second, another car could crash right into you. Since you’re the one making the illegal move, you’ll be seen as the driver at fault!