Terrible Driver Habits – What Not to Do Behind The Wheel

There are many things that drivers struggle to admit – and being a terrible driver is one of them.

Nobody wants to be classified as a bad driver, especially when you’ve been driving for more than five years. You may find yourself guilty of texting, eating, rubbernecking, talking on the phone or to a passenger, applying make-up or fixing the kids’ hair while driving and still find it difficult to acknowledge that you are a terrible driver. We hate to break the news to you but those are a few of the many red flags that constitute a terrible driver.

According to Wikipedia, a distracted driver is someone who engages in texting or reading a map while driving.

International statistics show that texting while driving increases the chances of an accident by 23 per cent. Having car insurance or motorcycle insurance is equally as important should an accident ensue in order for both parties to be protected financially.

If you’re rushing off to an important Monday-morning meeting, then it is vital for you to rid yourself from any distractions. And yes, giving your talkative neighbour a lift to work can be distracting, so don’t be afraid to politely ask them not to talk to you while you’re concentrating on the road.

Here are a few tips to help you reduce distractions when you are behind the wheel:

  • When your cell phone rings, do not answer it. If you have a passenger with you, allow them to answer your phone for you instead.
  • Have breakfast at home to avoid eating on the road.
  • Ensure the kids’ lunches are packed and that they are dressed appropriately for school before you leave the house. This will prevent you from trying to fix any untidiness while driving.
  • Prepare for the road. Before you start driving, ensure the correct GPS co-ordinates are inserted and the right playlist is selected to avoid any further distractions when driving.
  • Use hand-free electronics sparingly. Talking over the phone, whether you’re doing so while having your phone in your hand, or while using hands-free mode is still, nonetheless distracting and can affect your concentration on the road.

Don’t be afraid to switch off your phone while driving. If you know someone who is a distracted driver, share these useful tips with them too. They could save a life!

Be sure to check out the “Your Car” section on the MiWay blog for up-to-date news, tips and hints on car insurance quotes and maintenance for your vehicle.

Bulelwa ‘Buli’ Sonqishe
veteran online journalist

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