Ask anyone and they will most likely tell you they are a good driver. But, we all know that's not always a true statement. Driving is not the cakewalk it often appears. Sure, anyone can make a car move by pressing the gas pedal, but this doesn't make them a good – or safe – driver. A good driver is steady, cautious and perseverant. A good driver also has complete control over their vehicle at all times. To be a good driver in your GMC Terrain continue reading to learn the top good driving habits verses the top bad driving habits to keep in mind when behind the wheel.
Good Driving Habits
Regulating Speed. Speeding is easy to do. In fact, it's too easy. With busy schedules, distractions, and more, who doesn't want to spend less time in the car? However, speeding increases the chance of getting a ticket and is also very dangerous, acting as 70% of accidents on the road. To keep complete control of your vehicle, it is imperative to follow the speed limit, whether on city streets, fast highways or country roads.
Avoiding Use of Phone and Other Distractions
Did you know, using a cell phone when behind the wheel lowers your reaction time by at least 20%? This gives you an idea of just how distracting – and dangerous – electronics can be when used while driving. But cell phones aren't the only danger to on-road safety. Eating, applying makeup, loud music, and even talking with fellow drivers and passengers are all driving distractions. It's vital to eliminate all use of gadgets and distractions in order to ensure safety on the road.
Wearing Seat Belts
Everyone knows the importance of seat belts, which makes wearing them one of the most important – and obvious – good driving habits there is. Seat belts are so important because they prevent all occupants inside of a car from being flung around inside a crashing vehicle; they also prohibit them from being thrown from a vehicle. Whether driving hundreds of miles, or just down the street, seat belts should be worn every time you're in a car. No excuses.
Bad Driving Habits
Failure to Use Signals
Can you guess what one of the most hated driving habits is? If you said, “failure to use signals”, you are correct! Not only is it one of the most hated driving habits, but it is also on our list as one of the top bad driving habits. Signaling to fellow vehicles about your intentions – whether to switch lanes or make a turn – is very important to keep everyone (drivers and pedestrians) safe on the road.
Running Yellow Lights
Every driver is guilty of rushing through a yellow light to beat the impending red that follows, but this is never a good idea – and it's also a bad driving habit. A yellow light is meant to inform you that traffic is about to stop. It is also used to provide you with sufficient time to prepare to slow down and bring your vehicle to a stop before the light switches to red. Running a yellow light is very dangerous so avoid the risk and always treat these lights as a red and just stop.
No one likes a tailgater. In fact, even a tailgater dislikes being tailgated. Following too closely to the car ahead of you is a bad driving habit that creates annoyance as well as increases the risk of a collision. When behind the wheel, ensure you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. If you are the one being tailgated, don't feel rushed to drive faster. Instead, simply allow the vehicle to pass.
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This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged Car Tips and Tricks, Tailgating, Good Driving Habits, Bad Driving Habits, Good Drivers, Bad Drivers on 09/11/2016 at 8:59 PM