You see bad drivers on the road all the time. They go too fast, disobey common-sense laws, and think they own the road. These troublemakers make getting somewhere unsafe for the rest of us. Yet, a 2014 survey by the AA Foundation asserts that many of the people who complain about problems on the road are the ones who cause them in the first place.
- 66 percent of drivers disapproved of talking on a cellphone while driving. But 69 percent of those surveyed yapped on their cells in the past 30 days.
- 90 percent said it was bad to drive 10 mph over the speed limit while on residential streets. Yet 44 percent did the same thing in the past month.
- 94 percent thought driving through a red light was reckless. But 36 percent sped through stoplights in the last 30 days.
Are you one of the people that you complain about? If you are, take personal responsibility instead of blaming the other driver. Then follow these simple changes in behavior to keep the road safe for everybody:
- Slow down. Leave 10 minutes early so you won’t be rushing to get to your destination. Letting up on the gas pedal not only gives you more time to react to what’s happening on the road but saves you gas.
- Keep your eyes on the road. Don’t use your cellphone, mess with your GPS, or otherwise distract yourself from your driving task. A moment’s inattention is all that’s needed to cause an accident.
- Give 100 percent. Your body and all your senses must be in top form so you can cope what’s on the road. If you’re too tired or sleepy, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, don’t drive. Take time off from the wheel so you can fully recover from what ails you.
If you follow all these tips and still get into an accident, then you’re probably justified in complaining about the other guy. But even then, be constructive by contacting us first. As your auto accident attorney, we’ll take care of you.