Repeating something severally eventually becomes a habit. Therefore bad habits while driving are those activities that most people do while driving. They are risky to both the driver and other road users and, therefore, should be avoided at all costs. The following are highlights of bad habits that many people often do while driving
- Putting On Makeup
The availability of mirrors in cars has inflated the temptation of putting on makeup in cars especially ladies. However, this should be avoided since it diverts all attention from the road putting you at risk of causing an accident. It keeps both your hands and eyes occupied deterring you from maintaining the focus on the road. It is a risky and bad habit because for instance; while you are busy putting that makeup in your eye, just imagine the danger that may occur if you hit a pothole or a bump.
You may be the type that loves the thrill of speed, but it is always advisable to maintain the stipulated speed limit. It might seem like it’s not a habit, but actually, over speeding is addictive and dangerous. We don’t know what lies ahead, and caution should always be a priority, but when driving at high speed, the split second action that we need to undertake in case of an emergency, may be futile, or even cause an accident to you while trying to avoid the situation.
3. Not Using Seatbelts
Seat belts are an important factor in personal safety as they prevent extreme injury to the driver/passenger in case of an accident. It is therefore highly advisable to put the seatbelt on as they increase the survival rate in case of an accident. It is, however, worrying to see a high number of drivers ignoring this factor. Driving without safety belts is a bad habit and should be avoided at any given time.
4. Texting Or Typing While Driving
Texting or typing is a very risky activity as your activities make you lose focus on the road. You concentrate on your phone or laptop, and in the case of a sharp corner or an obstacle, it might turn out to be challenging to maneuver the car safely.
5. Changing Your Clothes While Driving
Changing your clothes while driving is another action that causes distraction from the road. The weather may change from cold to warm, or vice versa; it is advisable to park and change or first reach your destination and change your clothes. It is not advisable to change clothes while driving as you may get entangled in them, limiting your ability to control your car.
Eating while driving is much the same as texting while driving as your hands are occupied, and in case of anything, your reaction to the situation is limited.
It is advisable to avoid reading while driving as it has the same effects as texting. Some may have the habit of reading the newspaper with one hand and steering with the other; this is highly dangerous as you tend to miss crucial signs and signals or end up out of your lane.
8. Reaching Out To the Back Seat
It is important to avoid reaching out to something that are not in your peripheral positions, like the back seat, as you may end up driving out of your lane or cause an accident. No matter how soon you think you might get done, it is crucial that you park the car, or wait till the next destination as accidents happen within split seconds.
It might not be a habit to lose temper, but it is advisable not to drive when you are angry. When your tempers are high, so are your emotions, and this may make you delusional and lose defocused. Tempers can cloud your judgment while driving and it is, therefore, important that you relax rather than drive when you are angry, as it keeps you from making rational decisions.
10. Driving With Headphones
It might seem cool and to drive with that soothing music on your headphones, but actually, you are putting yourself at risk. Driving with headphones might be blocking out any sound and you might not hear what other drivers are trying to tell you, or the police and ambulance that you can pull out of the way.
11. Crossing legs is a habit that many are used to as it is comfortable to them. However, this should be avoided as it hinders the reaction of accessing the foot pads for breaks in time, in the case of an emergency.
Many people tend to attend to other activities while driving, such as crocheting, painting, loud music, etc. this should, however, be avoided as it diverts the attention from the road and keeps the driver preoccupied and may lead to a delayed reaction in case of an emergency.
13. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
A good number of accidents occur due to this factor. It is a violation of the law to drive under the influence of any substance that may cloud your judgment. Therefore, whenever you are under any influence of any substance, it is highly advisable to relax and sober up or not drive at all.
12. Crossing Leg
14. Talking On the Phone
Talking on the phone be legal now in many parts of the world, but it is still advisable to avoid it as it causes a massive distraction to drivers. If the calls can be avoided, the better, as safe driving should be a priority, but if they can’t be avoided it is advisable to keep the conversation short, or park aside and take care of it before commencing with driving.
15. Holding Something on Your Laps
Holding anything on your laps is dangerous as it is an obstacle to both your feet and hands, causing you to press down harder and inconveniencing you at the same time. It is even riskier if the object is a living thing, perhaps a baby or a pet, as the danger of extreme injury is inevitable as they are not secured in a seat belt.