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5 dangerous driving behaviors that could lead to a crash

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Car Accidents

Driving is a responsibility that demands attention and care. Drivers must stay aware not only of the route they drive but also signals from their car’s systems and hazards outside.

Unfortunately, not every driver upholds their responsibilities behind the wheel. Risky driving behaviors are a major cause of road accidents each year. It is important to understand these dangerous habits and their effects on other road users.

1. Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a top cause of road accidents. Activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating or using in-car technologies while driving divert attention from the road. That distraction can significantly increase the likelihood of an accident.

2. Speeding

Driving over the speed limit or too fast for conditions is a key risk for accidents. The National Safety Council notes that speeding causes the deaths of about 33 people daily.

Speeding makes it harder to navigate curves or avoid objects in the road and increases the stopping distance. It also lengthens the reaction time needed in emergencies, making it tough for drivers to quickly avoid dangers.

3. Drunk or drugged driving

Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s cognitive abilities and reaction times. Driving under the influence of any impairing substance is not only illegal but also highly dangerous, both to the driver and others on the road.

4. Aggressive driving

Actions like tailgating, erratic lane changes, and ignoring traffic signals count as aggressive driving. These behaviors can upset other drivers or create dangerous situations that may lead to accidents.

5. Driving while fatigued or drowsy

Driving when tired is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving. Fatigue worsens mental functioning, slows reaction times and can cause brief lapses in consciousness known as micro-sleeps.

Drivers should avoid these dangerous behaviors. They should also take steps to understand their options if another driver’s reckless behavior leads to a collision. Understanding the danger of these actions is an important way to protect your safety and your rights.