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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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