Seemingly small Driving mistakes that could get you in trouble

The first UK driving test was taken just over 80 years ago. There are now 35 million vehicles licensed to be on UK roads, so it’s safe to say that motoring is somewhat popular!

It goes without saying that the current driving test is somewhat different to what it was back in 1935. Now the test it quite rigorous, ensuring that people are fully prepared for the roads before they can pass.

So why is it that we still sometimes find ourselves telling our fellow road users – “learn how to drive!!” – when they make blatant mistakes. So, we’ve seceded to do a bit of research, and find out what seemingly harmless bad driving behaviours are putting road users at risk.

Speeding

Going at 40mph in a 30 zone may not seem like a big deal for you, but it really makes a big difference. A pedestrian hit by a car travelling at between 30 mph and 40 mph is 3.5 to 5.5 times more likely to be killed than one struck by a car travelling at less than 30 mph. Speed limits are there for a reason and you should stick to them!

LANE HOGGERS!

Lane hoggers are right up there on the annoyance scale, as they unnecessarily cause other road users to switch lanes to avoid undertaking or leave everyone else crawling along behind them!

Undertaking is very dangerous, especially if the said individual in the outer lane wakes up and decides to move in. And, the person undertaking will be held responsible for any subsequent collision, which could have disastrous implications for the price of your annual car insurance premium!

Hazard Light Abuse

The problem with abusing the use of your hazard light is that you could be creating an obstacle for pedestrians and drivers, which can lead to accidents.

When it comes to hazard lights, the Highway Code states: “Hazard warning lights … may be used when your vehicle is stationary, to warn that it is temporarily obstructing traffic. Never use them as an excuse for dangerous or illegal parking.”

You may be taking a mobile phone call, dropping off something or someone, or popping into a shop but other road users have to swerve out of their lane to pass you which can be very dangerous.

TAILGATERS!

No matter how sharp your reflexes are, or how experienced a driver you are, if you’re travelling at 70mph and you need to stop your car will travel at least 315 feet before coming to a stop. Tailgating may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is seriously, seriously dangerous.

Speeding, tailgating and lane hogging are irritating and irresponsible, but they can also cause death and injury. In 2013, careless driving was a contributory factor in around 1:6 crashes where someone was killed or seriously injured.

Stay safe on the roads and drive responsibly to keep you insurance premiums as low as possible! And if you have made mistakes in the past, call us at Insure 365, to help find you the cheap insurance despite a past hiccup!