6 bad driving habits you should avoid

September 21st, 2020 by

Do you consider yourself to be a good driver? Most people do, but sometimes they’re unaware that the driving habits they’ve cultivated actually aren’t the best. Bad driving habits can put both you and other drivers on the road in danger and increase the risk of getting into an accident or collision. That’s why our Orlando Toyota dealership has come up with a list of the top 6 worst driving habits we see and why you should avoid them. Check it out!

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The 6 worst driving habits we see

1. Distracted driving 

Distracted driving is just what it sounds like – engaging in distractions while driving. This is absolutely the #1 worst driving habit you can have. Whether it’s using your phone, changing radio stations, turning to talk to passengers, eating, doing your makeup – whatever distraction it is, it highly increases your chances of getting into a car accident. Don’t be selfish; put the distractions away and keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

2. Not wearing a seatbelt 

You should ALWAYS wear a seatbelt, even if you’re just running around the corner to the convenience store. Everyone – including yourself – should be buckled in securely before your Orlando Toyota leaves the driveway. Not only is it illegal to be in a moving vehicle without a seatbelt, not wearing one leaves you 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle in a crash. Seatbelts reduce your risk of serious injury by 50% and your risk of death by 45%. The odds are in your favor – buckle up.

3. Tailgating

Tailgating is when you drive too closely to the car in front of you. It’s dangerous because if they have to come to sudden stop, you’ll likely run into the back of them. You should always leave at least “four seconds” of space in between you and the car in front of you. When they pass a landmark (like a road sign), you should be able to count to four before you pass it.

4. Not using your turn signals 

Use your turn signals! They’re there for a reason. Using them alerts other drivers to your movements and helps them avoid your vehicle (and subsequently, avoid an accident).

5. Driving aggressively 

Don’t give in to road rage. Driving aggressively seriously increases your risk of getting into a fatal traffic accident and you’re also putting everyone else on the road in danger.

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6. Speeding (or going under the speed limit)

The speed limit exists for a reason, too. This is the optimal speed for the road you’re on. Going over the speed limit means you may not be able to control your car based on the road conditions and you’re making it unsafe for other drivers, too. Conversely, going too slowly can also be dangerous to you and other drivers. Try to stick at or near the speed limit.

Call Toyota of Orlando with questions!

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