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Mistakes Often Made by Drivers

If you ask a person if he thinks he is better than the average driver, 9 out of 10 times they will say they are indeed better. But how is this possible? Surely, 90% of the drivers cannot be better than the average driver, but we as a whole tend to think that others are really bad at driving and we are never at fault. Sadly, we make a lot of mistakes while driving, even the best drivers have a weak spot or two. But don’t worry, we aren’t here to scold you, but instead to help you identify and correct your mistakes in the future. Here are some of the most common mistakes out there.

The first one is obvious – the turn signal. However, it is not what you think it is. Most people do use their turn signals, but sadly, they don’t do it on time or properly. First, you can’t just blink your signal and expect people to let you in their lane. It is common courtesy, of course, but you are not entitled to it. And when you decide to turn, don’t use your signal in the last possible moment, so that people behind you have to slow down instantly.

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The next mistake is that people are usually not aware of their surroundings. There are many reasons for that and often our driving lessons are not comprehensive enough to include an in-depth mirror use. But it is not only that. You’d be surprised how many people drive with broken mirrors. Yes, it is against the law, but some people don’t seem to know that. Anyway, if you have a broken mirror, go change it, and do your best to use it to its full potential.

Another common mistake is that people drive slowly in faster lanes. You are not technically at fault every time, but there are places, where this is prohibited and you can be charged with a ticket. But again, it is common courtesy and sense to use the passing lane only if you are driving at a faster speed.

And what do we have to say about high beams? Many people, who drive at night, aren’t familiar with the idea of high beams. Sadly, once they become “enlightened” (pun intended), they start using them so irresponsibly that they are at risk of causing the other driver to hit them, because the high beams are blinding them. Turn off your high beams whenever you see another pair of lights (or even a single one) in the distance – just to be on the safe side.

The last mistake we will mention is for your own car’s sake. Many people, who drive automatic transmissions, are used to keeping both of their legs on the pedals – one on the brake and one on the gas. This is completely wrong. Only your right foot should operate the vehicle. You don’t want to touch the brake and the gas at the same time, as this usually wears down the brakes and they can give up on you in a time of need.

With these things in mind you can no go and pay attention to what you do. If you find yourself making these mistakes, correct them and be aware. Soon you will stop making them and you will be a better driver for it.

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Scott J Vargas

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