4 bad driving habits that cause car accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Many people have a few bad habits that they wish they didn’t have. Many of these habits may be inconsequential. 

However, bad driving habits can cause accidents and severe injuries. Here are a few bad driving habits that lead to auto accidents:

1. Distracted driving

Distracted driving is one of the largest causes of auto accidents. Distracted driving happens when a driver’s focus is drawn away from the road. A driver may become distracted if they eat, adjust the radio or talk with passengers all while driving. Most distracted accidents are caused by phones.

2. Turn signal negligence

Drivers are required to flip on their turn signals to indicate when they’re turning lanes or streets. However, some drivers get into the habit of not flipping on their turn signals. This often starts when drivers believe there’s no need to indicate when they’re turning since there are no other drivers around. 

As a result, a driver may forget to indicate when they’re turning and cause an accident with another driver. Turn signal negligence may cause twice as many accidents as distracted driving.

3. Adjusting mirrors

Drivers need their side and rearview mirrors to see oncoming traffic. However, many drivers forget to adjust their mirrors before driving. While on the road, a driver may look away from the road to adjust their mirrors. This is another cause of distracted driving, but people may overlook this danger since their mirrors are meant to reduce accidents. 

4. Riding brakes

Some drivers may excessively brake their vehicles. While drivers may believe they’re practicing safe driving by riding their brakes, they may increase the risk of accidents. Riding brakes can cause excessive wear and warping to brakes. As a result, a driver may struggle to stop their vehicle after wearing down their brakes.

If you’re injured in a car accident, learning about your legal rights could help you get the compensation you need for your medical bills and losses.