In the UK, studies have shown that learner drivers or new drivers are often blamed for many mistakes on the roads, but is it just them?

Some studies say that up to 90% of all drivers claim that they are better than others when driving. If these statistics are true, are there only 10% of drivers on the road with bad habits?

Of course not!

Below are listed some of the habits drivers exhibit consciously or subconsciously when they are on the roads.

 

Driving too slowly: This is said to be one of the most annoying things which other drivers experience when on the road - another driver going too slowly compared to the speed limit. It is termed as ‘over-cautious crawling’. According to the UK driving rules, this is when you are driving 10mph less than the required speed limit and is seen as just as dangerous as over speeding and could lead to accidents. If you are a learner driver who has just passed the driving test, use a ‘P’ plate sign to indicate to other drivers about your lack of confidence.  Driving too slowly, just as driving too fast is illegal and dangerous. Ensure that you drive cautiously and slowly only when necessary.

Use of Indicators: This is said to be one of the major causes of car crashes in motoring history. Accidents can be caused by either lack of or incorrect use of indicators. Indicators are meant to give other drivers awareness of what you intend to do over the next few seconds with your car - changing lanes, turning left or right.  It is most effective when at roundabouts, parking and at junctions. One major advantage of indicating is that it gives others a chance to slow down to enable you perform a manoeuvre. It is thought that insufficient use of indicators is found mainly amongst learner drivers.

Use of a Mobile Phone: Studies have shown that using a mobile phone while driving is almost equivalent to driving under the influence of alcohol. (Using a mobile phone whilst driving has been illegal in the UK since 2003.)  Despite this, people still have the habit of driving with their phones in hand, performing actions such as calling or texting. Since the introduction of the ban, there has been a significant reduction in road accidents in the UK. It is advisable to pull over safely if you need to use your mobile device.

Driving Without use of Lights: Car lights are meant to be used in poor visibility situations such as when it’s dark, raining or foggy. At any time that your visibility is impaired while driving, turn on your car lights. Every automobile is designed with various forms of lighting used for poor visibility conditions - fog lights, headlights, full beam and side lights. Many motorists blame the act of forgetfulness for not using their car lights or using the wrong one for visibility conditions. Others use full beam when not necessary which can dazzle other drivers and can result in accidents. As it is illegal not to use your lights properly in the UK, this could land you a huge fine if caught.

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Are you guilty of any of these bad habits? Many of us are guilty of one or more of these habits at least once in our lifetime.

To ensure you stay safe whilst driving and avoid these bad habits, make sure you are alert and focussed on the task at hand. Keep all distractions in your vehicle to a minimum and you will be in a much better and safer environment to drive.