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Drivers often think their skills are better than they are

How do you feel about your own driving skills? If you immediately thought "I'm a great driver!", it might be time for a reevaluation. A recent article in USA Today reported that there have been a number of surveys asking that same question of drivers across the nation and the results are very interesting. Most people truly believe that they are good drivers - even when they're not.

The hard truth about bad driving

The data collected on this phenomenon proves that while some of us are readily critical of the driving abilities of others, even more of us are misjudging or overlooking our own bad driving habits. There are a few standard bad driving behaviors that we may all have engaged in at one time or another:

  • Speeding: Speed limits are not suggestions and driving over the specified limit, whether you think it's too slow for the area or not is illegal. When everyone around you is driving at the legal speed limit and you are going faster, YOU are the dangerous car on the road.
  • Turn Signals: Using your turn signals lets other drivers know how to prepare for the action you're about to take. They'll know to slow down or change lanes if they need to go around you while you wait for a turn. When you fail to signal your actions properly, you cannot assume that other drivers will know what you're doing.
  • Tailgating: Following the car in front of you too closely is a recipe for disaster. Driving responsibly means that you should be leaving a large enough gap between your car and the car in front of you to have time to react in case of something unexpected that would result in a collision.

Some of these things may not seem like a big deal, especially in the moment. If you're running a few minutes late, you might decide that it won't hurt to speed up a little or get a little closer to the car ahead than you should. You may have gotten away with things like this so many times that you no longer even consider them bad driving habits.

Even one bad driver is dangerous for everyone on the road

In truth, any time you bend the rules of the road, you are increasing your chances of being involved in a car accident that could leave you - and possibly other innocent drivers who were driving safely - with serious personal injuries or worse. It's in the best interest of all drivers on the road that we should each take responsibility for the way we drive and if needed, make an effort to learn or improve safer driving practices.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else's bad driving, you could be in a position to seek compensation for your injuries. We are proud to provide our clients with free consultations. Contact our offices today to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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