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Tailgating

Tailgating
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Tailgating not only distracts the driver in front of you, but it can also blind them if your headlights are on. They feel pressure to drive faster and could potentially get angry leading to a road rage incident. “It’s not just a rude habit, it’s a dangerous habit,” says Leslie Kasperowicz, Managing Editor at AutoInsurance.org. “Rear-end collisions are the most common type of collision, making up nearly 30 percent of all accidents. Those accidents cause injuries and even fatalities – thousands of fatalities each year.”

Driving too slowly

Driving too slowly
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Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of getting stuck behind a slow driver. Not only is it annoying, but it can also be unsafe to drive too much below the speed limit – especially on the highway – because someone might have to merge in behind you and if they’re moving at a much faster speed it could cause a collision.

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Driving too fast

Driving too fast
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On the other hand, driving too fast is also a dangerous and rude habit. It puts yourself and other drivers around you at risk. Always keep your eyes on the road and obey the speed limit. Driving too fast can cause an accident and will get you a speeding ticket.

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Not dimming high beams

Not dimming high beams
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Even though high beams help you see better at night, they can make it very difficult for oncoming traffic to see what’s in front of them. “We teach our students to always drive with your headlights on but high beams should only be used when legal,” says Jeff Westover, owner of 911 Driving Schools. “Most people do not know that their headlights are adjustable. The right headlamp should be adjusted slightly down and slightly to the left as to not be in the eyes of an oncoming driver.”

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Blocking the right lane

Blocking the right lane
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Many drivers ignore the signs on the highway that say, “Keep left unless passing.” If you find that you drive on the slower side, stay to the left on the highway, then the right lane will be open for drivers that want to get around you.

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Changing lanes too often

Changing lanes too often
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When driving on a roadway with multiple lanes, pick one and stay in it. If you need to get over to make a turn or get around a slow driver, use your blinker and look for cars that could be in your blind spot. Changing lanes too often can cause traffic or even worse, an accident.

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Using your horn too much

Using your horn too much
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“Your horn and emergency hazard lights are actually the required emergency devices for your vehicle,” says Westover. So when drivers use their horn after a hazardous situation has already occurred – basically to yell at the other driver – they’re using the horn as an emotional device and not an emergency device.

Having road rage

Having road rage
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Everyone on the road is trying to get from point A to point B. Don’t get road rage because you’re not happy with the way other people are driving, it only makes the situation worse. If a driver is putting other people in danger, call the police. Don’t try to fix the problem yourself.

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Not pulling over for emergency vehicles

Not pulling over for emergency vehicles
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It’s common sense, really: you need to get out of the way so they can get to the emergency that they’ve been called to. Always check your rearview mirror for lights and be listening for sirens, when you hear or see them move to the side of the road.

Playing loud music

Playing loud music
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When the cars around you can feel the bass from your car, you need to lower your music. It’s rude to the drivers around you and to the people living in the neighbourhoods you’re driving through. Not to mention the fact that it’s probably damaging your hearing.

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