Five Driving Mistakes Most People Make
Everyone always blames ‘the other guy’ when they get in a car crash. Even if it was their fault. It’s partly because bad drivers don’t KNOW they’re bad drivers. So here’s a list of five driving mistakes most of us have probably made at some point.
#1.) YOU DON’T SLOW DOWN WHEN IT STARTS RAINING. In case you lost your Driver’s Ed notes, the road’s most dangerous when it first starts raining. That’s when water mixes with the oil that’s built up on the road and makes it slick. The first 10 minutes of rain are the most dangerous, but most people don’t slow down until it’s a downpour.
#2.) YOUR CAR ISN’T PROPERLY ADJUSTED TO YOUR BODY. Here’s how you should sit: You should have at least eight to ten inches of room between you and the wheel, so your airbag has enough room to inflate. The top of your headrest should be level with the top of your head to avoid whiplash, and your seat belt should cross over the middle of your chest. And the same goes for children: If your kids aren’t tall enough for the seat belt to cross the middle of their chest, they should still be in a car seat.
#3.) YOU’RE TALKING ON THE PHONE TOO MUCH. People think they’re safe if they use a headset. But even then it makes driving more dangerous because you’re distracting your brain with a different activity. That’s why you shouldn’t use your phone at ALL when the weather is bad, or you’re not familiar with the area.
#4.) YOU NEVER CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE. When your tires are low, it’s harder to make quick turns. So in addition to making you use more gas, low tire pressure can also cause a wreck. The correct tire pressure should be listed on the sticker inside the driver’s side door, or on the actual tires. For most cars, it’ll be a number somewhere between 30 and 40.
#5.) YOU’RE STILL NOT GOOD AT PARALLEL PARKING. Every time you hit the curb, you risk damaging your tires and screwing up the alignment, which means you’re more likely to have a flat, or veer off the road. To parallel park correctly, leave two feet of space between your car and the car you’re parking behind, and start so your back bumpers are even. Back up slowly and turn the wheel as far as it’ll go. When your front door is even with the other car’s bumper, turn the wheel the other way.