TodayApril 15, 2022

Five dangerous habits for you and your car

Five habits that are dangerous for you and your car

Driving is not safe, even when you are the most reliable driver you can be on the road. There are always dangers on the road, and when you’re driving, you put yourself at a certain level at risk, whether it’s something you could cause or someone else could cause to you. However, the safer you are, the less likely you’ll get yourself into trouble. 

Ignoring The Warnings On Your Dashboard

The warning signs on your dashboard are flashing up for a reason, and it’s not so that you can simply ignore them. Many drivers might not even understand what some of the flashing icons are on their dashboard, and if that sounds like you, it’s time to open up your car manual and take a look at what’s going on. It’s important to know what’s happening and what might pose a risk to you or your car. Merely ignoring the warning signs could put you in trouble and could be trying to highlight something that’s faulty or requires your attention. When getting a car, you should always spend some time mulling over the car manual to understand what everything means. When it comes to driving and things flashing up on your dashboard, you know exactly what it’s referring to. It’s essential for the safety of your car and for you that you check the warning signs that come up.


Going over the speed limit is something that you don’t want to make a habit of doing. If you do, you could be putting your life at risk and anyone in your car with you. Not only that, but you’re not taking in those around you either and the risks you might be putting them through too. Speed limits are put in place for drivers to obey, and if you’re someone who has sped before over the limit, then it’s good practice to avoid this at all costs. You should never be in a situation where you need to speed, and if you have a problem with it, it’s probably a good idea to go on a course. The last thing you want is to face an immediate threat license suspension, which can happen if you’re not careful.

Getting Easily Distracted

Distractions are something you don’t want when you’re on the road, but they can happen if you’re not careful. Our phones are the biggest distraction for many of us, and when we’re driving, a lot of us can use the phone as a GPS Navigation system. Using your phone while driving can be dangerous if you’ve got notifications coming in, and you’re trying to concentrate on the road in front of you. If you’re going to use your phone to navigate, make sure you mute any notifications so that there’s nothing to distract you. Ask any passengers in your car, to be respectful of the volume, especially when you may be lost and trying to find your way.

Rapid Braking Too Often

Braking is essential when you need to stop the car, whether at a light or having to do an emergency stop. However, when it comes to braking, the more rapid braking you do, the more harm it can do to your brake pads. It would be best if you practice putting pressure on the brakes and only using them rapidly in a scenario where you need to brake aggressively. You could be putting the car under some severe damage if not as well as making it more expensive for you. 

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is never ok, and it shows a complete disregard for your safety, the passenger’s safety, and everyone around you. If you are caught, Reckless driving one too many times is going to land you in serious trouble, and it’s vital to stop this. Find out why it is has been something you’ve done in the past, and if you’re tempted to do it again, it might be worth seeking help. It’s important to always drive with everyone else in mind, knowing that you don’t want to be careless about controlling the vehicle.

Being cautious about driving is always relevant, and it’s essential you use these tips to help protect you and your car from harm. Be wary of your speeding and your driving habits in general. Be aware of others around you at all times, and don’t get distracted when on the road.

Knowing these habits allows you to avoid them at all costs!

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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