Avoid These Bad Driving Habits

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Car accidents happen every day in Florida. Unfortunately, these accidents often result in injuries, property damage, and even death. Luckily, however, by avoiding a few bad driving habits, your odds of being involved in a Florida car accident decrease significantly. In this article, we discuss the top bad driving habits to avoid. 

Bad Driving Habits

Distracted Driving: Doing anything other than keeping your eyes on the road, including texting, checking emails, and using social media, is a surefire way to cause a car accident. When you fail to watch the road, you put yourself and others at risk. So, any time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, remember to stay focused on the task at hand. 

Speeding: Speeding is one of the main causes of Florida car accidents. When you speed, it becomes difficult for you to react to the actions of other drivers. This greatly increases your risk of being involved in an accident. 

    Failing to check your blind spots: If you fail to check your blind spots before turning, you greatly increase your risk of causing a car accident. Checking your mirrors before changing lanes simply isn’t enough. Rather, you must also momentarily look over your shoulder before changing lanes to ensure that there isn’t a vehicle in your blind spot.

    Driving under the influence: When of the biggest mistakes that drivers make is drinking and driving. Although everyone knows drinking and driving is a bad idea, people continue to do it—and the results are often disastrous. Given the widespread availability of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, there is no excuse to ever drive drunk. Therefore, if you plan on going out for some drinks, always have a plan in place to get home safely.

    Being impatient: Patience is a virtue—especially when you’re behind the wheel. Impatience, on the other hand, causes drivers to make poor decisions, and these decisions often result in car accidents. Examples of impatience while driving include cutting off other vehicles, weaving in and out of traffic, racing with other vehicles while in a merging lane, tailgating other vehicles, and speeding up to beat red lights. In order to avoid having to rush while in your vehicle, try to always give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. 

    Contact a Pensacola Car Accident Lawyer 

    If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Pensacola, Florida, you need an experienced Pensacola car accident lawyer on your side. Located in Pensacola, Florida, Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A., has nearly a century of combined experience representing car accident victims in Northwest Florida. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident in Florida, Staples Ellis is here to aggressively pursue financial compensation on your behalf. Please contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our talented attorneys. 

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