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August 4, 2020
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Are You A Bad Driver?

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When asked, almost everyone will claim they are a good driver, yet the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) statistics show otherwise. Ever year, 40, 000 drivers are killed in auto accidents. Of these, 98 percent were caused by distracted drivers.

This means that, statistically speaking, most of us would be considered bad drivers. Surprising? Not really. Human behavior alone dictates that people will lean more towards breaking rules than living by them, so why would driving be any different?

However, no one would argue the fact that being a good driver equals being a safe driver but just what is a 'good driver.'

Traits of Good Drivers

Good drivers are often defined by their ability to operate their vehicles and obey the law.

Other positive traits include:

- Car maintenance - a good driver makes sure his car is kept up and in tip top shape. Things like break pads and tire treads are routinely checked as they can affect the safety of the vehicle.

- Courtesy - a good driver is courteous...he doesn't cut people off and will always concede the right of way when applicable.

- Obeys the laws of the road - a good driver is conscientious of the rules in his city and state and follows them.

- Observant - a driver keeps both hands on the wheel and his or her eyes on the road. By doing just these two things, the driver reduces his own chances of getting involved in a major accident and could avoid a major pile up that may ensnare other, less attentive motorists.

Traits of Bad Drivers

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a bad driver feels he or she is above the law and can do whatever they want. They often engage in risky behaviors that can be hazardous to themselves and other drivers.

The traits of bad drivers include:

- Speeding - drivers who speed seldom realize that each mile per hour over the speed limit increases the risks of death should a collision occur. Slowing down decreases this risk and may even enable you to react in time to avoid an accident.

- Cell phone use - there is nothing wrong with having a cell phone but plenty wrong with talking on one while driving. Statistics indicate that individuals who chat on the phone while driving have the same impairment as a drunk driver with a .08% alcohol level.

- Rude aggressive behavior - Aggressive drivers are not only bad drivers but they are very reckless and have no respect for anyone other than themselves. If someone is driving too slowly, go around them. If they flip you off, ignore them. Flashing lights at slow drivers or amping up dangerous behaviors due to someone else's belligerent attitude can end up endangering your life and the lives of others.

- Constant distraction - picking stuff up form the car floor boards or yelling at the unruly kids in the back seat are not activities one should engage in while driving. It is always best in scenarios where your attention will be taken off of the road to pullover rather than to continue driving.

- Poor car upkeep - driving with worn car treads or ignoring obvious break problems makes the car far more dangerous than a car that is routinely taken care of.

If you find that you are bad driver, don't despair. It is never too late to start adopting the traits of a responsible motorist. The trick is to change your mindset. It isn't our god given right to be able to speed or chat on the cell phone when driving - in fact, these things can contribute to a life altering accident.

Indeed, you won't be able to change your driving habits until you realize how potentially harmful they are. Once you do this, you will become not only a safer driver but a more conscientious one as well.

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