Regardless of how much you think you’re the perfect driver, chances are, you’re not. While some people intentionally commit traffic violations, others don’t even realize how many they’re making a day. Some may be closer to harmless, while others are extremely dangerous.
In order to make sure that you avoid getting into a car accident, take a look at some of the most common mistakes you could be making more often than you realize.
Using Headlights Only At Night
Many people assume that their headlights are only necessary at night. However, your chances of getting into an accident are significantly lower if you keep your lights on at all times.
It’s especially important in weather conditions like rain or snow where visibility is limited even in the daytime.
Speeding Through Yellow Lights
Everyone knows the stress of being in a hurry somewhere when their light suddenly turns yellow. Out of panic of being trapped behind the dreaded red light, we speed up trying to beat the clock.
Unfortunately, the yellow light is supposed to evoke the opposite reaction in drivers. The idea is for drivers to slow down so that they’re ready to come to a complete stop before the red.
Drivers speeding through yellow lights is one of the most common causes of accidents at intersections.
Remaining In The Passing Lane
The purpose of the passing lane on the freeway is for passing. The idea is to merge back into traffic once you’ve passed. However, all too often drivers use this lane to drive at a speed which may even be below the limit.
This is a quick way to make other drivers furious, and potentially even get a ticket.
Passing School Zone Speeds On Weekends
Some areas only strictly enforce the school zone speed during school hours. However, it’s unwise to assume that all school zones are the same. Some schools have traffic speed cameras which will ticket you regardless of the hour of the day.
Speeding in a school zone can have a significantly pricy traffic fine attached to it, so always make sure to watch the signs closely.
Failing To Slow Down In Puddles
When driving through puddles, it’s important to slow down. Not only can you do serious damage to your vehicle depending on how deep the puddle is, but you can also cause your car to hydroplane, resulting in an accident. It’s not always easy to see the depth of a puddle ahead of you. Therefore, when you see a puddle approaching, always slow down.
Don’t be one of those drivers that are shocked when they get into an accident one day. You can prevent a considerable amount of collisions by recognizing common mistakes and how to avoid them.