People who have been driving for a number of years usually feel very comfortable on the road. Unfortunately, sometimes motorists get too comfortable behind the wheel of a car and engage in dangerous practices. Whether you realize it or not, some bad driving habits could be illegal, depending on where you are. For example, taking things too easy and eating or smoking behind the wheel are some of the patterns that drivers fall into when they get overly confident.
Whether or not they violate Louisiana traffic laws, keep reading for some bad habits that you should avoid while driving.
Using a Mobile Phone Behind the Wheel
It may be tempting to check out the text message you’ve just received but keeping your eyes on the road is critical. Distracted driving is becoming a serious problem and many states have cracked down on the use of mobile devices behind the wheel. Even if it isn’t illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, you’re much better off putting the device away before taking the wheel. Or, if you use it for GPS you can turn off other phone functions, so getting distracted by texts and calls is no longer a problem.
Failing to Signal While Changing Lanes
Using your blinker to signal that you’re changing lanes is crucial in heavy traffic. Otherwise, other drivers will have no idea what you’re planning to do. Even if traffic is light, you should always signal when you’re changing lanes.
Wearing Headphones While Driving
Just the car radio can be a significant source of distraction. However, wearing headphones is even worse, and not permitted in Louisiana. They’re a lot more effective at shutting out critical noises, such as emergency vehicle sirens, car horns, and railroad crossing alarms. Many states ban the use of headphones while driving.
Forgetting to Wear a Seatbelt
Seatbelt use has increased significantly over the last two decades. According to the NHTSA, over 90% of drivers use one. However, there is still an estimated 27 million Americans who don’t buckle up regularly. Seatbelts can save your life in case of an accident. Therefore, you shouldn’t neglect to wear one, even if you’re driving a short distance.
Many drivers exceed the speed limit, especially if they’re running late and traffic is relatively light. While speeding can take a couple of minutes off your travel time, it also makes an accident more likely. The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop or slow down. The latest statistics show that 27 percent of all auto accident fatalities are related to excessive speed.
Contact a Louisiana Car Accident Attorney
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