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Posted By Gruenberg Kelly Della || 12-Oct-2017
After a few months, driving becomes second nature, but that also means that you may ignore or forget about important traffic laws and driving rules that are set in place to protect you and other drivers. If you’re unsure about what rules you may be forgetting about, here’s a quick refresher to help you out. These are some of the most frequently ignored laws and rules on the road:

1. Speed Limits: Unless there’s a cop car nearby, you’re probably breaking whatever the posted speed limit is. We all do it—on a daily basis—because an argument can be made that certain limits are ridiculous. However, exceeding the speed limit by too much is breaking the law and can be extremely dangerous in residential areas and school zones.
2. Complete Stops: A complete stop is rare. You’re more likely to perform a rolling stop at an intersection, which refers to when a car fails to come to a complete stop; it’s more like a rapid slowdown. Even if no cars or pedestrians are visible, they can seemingly come out of nowhere, so it’s important to completely stop and look both ways before crossing.
3. Tailgating: Not only is it annoying, it’s also dangerous and illegal. If the car in front of you suddenly slams on the brakes, your chances of colliding are much higher when you’re tailgating. Instead of driving so close, keep at least a three second gap between you and the car in front of you.
4. Seat Belts: You’ve seen the billboards: “Click it or Ticket.” In the case of an accident, it can save your life and protect others on the road.
5. Turn Signals: If you don’t use your turn signals, how is the car behind you supposed to know where you’re going? Use your turn signals ALL THE TIME so that you make everyone’s life easier on the road.
6. Taking a Yellow Light: Green means go. Red means stop. Yellow means slow down, not hit the gas. It can cause a car accident if you cut it too close.
7. Texting: The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving results in 1.6 million crashes each year. Put the phone away and keep your eyes on the road. Sending a quick text, even for a second, can jeopardize your life and the life of others.

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