5 most common driving mistakes

Posted on: 24/07/2014

5 most common driving mistakes

We all make mistakes. Fact.

And on the road, it seems there are some errors of judgement that occur more often than others - read on to find out the most common driving mistakes people make in our latest blog:

1. You're not paying as much attention to the road as you think you are.
Distracted driving is a huge cause of accidents, and mobile phone use is one of the biggest culprits. Think you're in the clear because you're wearing a headset? Experts agree that even if you're talking hands-free while behind the wheel, you're still endangering yourself and others.

You can find out more about mobile phone laws in this blog.

2. You're focusing on the wrong part of the road.
Trying to navigate unfamiliar territory while driving is tricky, but instead of zeroing in on road signs and exit numbers in the distance, you should focus on the road immediately ahead of you. If you don't have a passenger to tell you which turns to make, you should pull over to the side of the road to look at a map, or use a satnav to guide you.

You can find out more about driving apps in this blog...although only use when safe to do so (see point 1!)

3. You're waiting too long to check your tyre pressure.
If the low tyre pressure indicator lights on your car's dashboard, you've already waited too long. If the tyre looks almost completely flat, don't try to drive on it. If it's only low, pull off at the nearest exit, find an air pump and replenish. Not only can low tyre pressure use up more gas, but if all four tires don't have the correct air pressure, it's harder to manoeuvre the car in emergency situations - especially when you have to make a quick turn.

You can find out more about tyre health in this blog.

4. You're not bothering to improve your parallel parking skills.
As long as you manage to make your way into a parking spot, it doesn't matter how you got there, right? Wrong, there are two major problems with that: Hitting the curb will deteriorate your tyres and it will damage the alignment.

So what's the best way to parallel park? Pull up beside the car parked in front of your space until the two rear bumpers are parallel, leaving two feet of space between the cars. Put your car in reverse and back up slowly, turning the wheel toward the curb as far as it will go. Once the back of your front door is even with the rear bumper of the car beside you, begin to turn the wheel away from the curb and continue to reverse into the spot.

5. You aren't heeding wet roadways quickly enough.
People fail to adjust their driving to rainy conditions because they're unaware of the fact that the first 10 minutes of rain are when roadways are most dangerous. Those initial minutes of precipitation cause the oil that has built up on the roads to make conditions extremely slick. So when it starts to drizzle, slow down immediately.

Find out how to drive better during wet conditions in this blog.

Source: Woman's Day


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Author: ADMIN
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