We all have bad habits behind the wheel, and we at Gossett Kia South have created a list of bad driving habits to correct. For example, speeding is something a majority of drivers admit to, yet it can significantly reduce your gas mileage and increase the risk of a collision.
Second, never use your cell phone while driving. For many, this is easier said than done. Cell phones have been shown to cause distracted driving, which significantly increases the risk of an accident. One tip to reduce cell phone use is to turn off your phone and put it in your glove box while you’re driving to eliminate the temptation. You can also download apps (like DriveSafe Mode) which disable your phone while a car is in motion.
Next, cut back on aggressive driving, such as tailgating and speeding. According to I Drive Safely, aggressive driving serves little purpose other than venting your rage. Therefore, to cut back on speeding and tailgating, one solution may be to seek alternative forms of stress relief. A stress relief ball might do it for some, but others may need to take up yoga, meditation, or a new sport in order to really help with this one.
Avoid parking in illegal areas. Some drivers think it might be ok to park in a fire lane or in a spot labeled “No Parking” if they simply put their hazards on, but this too is still illegal. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for five minutes—parking in restricted areas is not only thoughtless, but also dangerous. Even if you have to walk a little more, try to make an effort to park legally every time.
If we can all make these changes, the road will be a much safer, calmer place to be.