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Promoting safety by avoiding dangerous driving habits

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Car Accidents

Even the idea of being involved in any type of collision can be a stressful and daunting notion, as the outcome of a crash could impact your life in various ways. While you might wish to take every possible step to avoid such a situation when possible, sometimes there may only be so much you can control on Delaware roads. 

However, taking steps to promote safety may still be integral to mitigating the risks of motor vehicle accidents. Since certain types of driving behaviors may only increase the chance a crash may occur, taking steps to avoid dangerous driving habits could prove integral to cultivating a safer driving environment. 

Dangerous driving behaviors 

There are numerous types of driving habits that may be dangerous by nature, and such issues continue to play a role in far too many collisions. Some types of dangerous driving behaviors might include: 

  • Excessive speeding: Excessive speeding is a common example of a dangerous driving habit, as speeding can reduce driver response times significantly and limit vehicle maneuverability. 
  • Reckless maneuvers: Reckless behaviors such as tailgating, dangerous lane changes and illegal passing maneuvers are all examples of actions that remain a contributing factor in many collisions. 
  • Distracted driving: Anything that forces you to take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or diverts your attention off the road can prove exceedingly dangerous, even if this only lasts a few seconds. 
  • Failure to yield: Failure to yield the right-of-way is another prevalent cause of collisions. This could involve failure to stop for traffic lights and stop signs or failure to yield the right-of-way. 

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is another type of dangerous driving behavior, and those who engage in such behavior may be at greater risk of causing a serious collision to occur. 

Crossing paths with a negligent driver 

Even if you choose to avoid engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, what happens if you encounter another driver who fails to do the same? The decisions of this party could cause a collision that may leave you with severe or even permanent injuries. The outcome of the crash could also prompt a variety of major financial challenges, and this could leave you in search of advice on what steps you can take to protect your future interests and seek the full amount of restitution you deserve.