Many of us may have only missed one or two traffic laws on the test after driving school, but as new drivers get out in the real world and develop their own daily driving habits, it can be quite easy to overlook some of the “smaller” laws. It’s important to remember though, that no matter how small or inconsequential the laws may seem, they all exist to keep everyone as safe as possible. Here are a few of the most commonly overlooked driving laws:
1. Speed limits
When’s the last time you consciously paid attention to a speed limit sign? In our daily rush, we tend to think of the speed limit as a suggestion rather than law. Speed limits are carefully decided by consideration of each and every road to ensure maximum safety. Going faster than the posted limit can make a huge difference in whether or not you survive a possible crash.
2. Complete stops
Stop signs are everywhere, but drivers often treat them as yield signs. Many people prefer rolling through stop signs instead of actually stopping—but this is the cause of many accidents. A good trick to remember is to count to 3 once you’ve actually stopped. If you do this, you’ll definitely be in the clear.
3. Functioning lights
A lot of folks think they can get by with only one working headlight, or without taillights. Working lights not only help you see where you’re going—they allow others to see you as well. If you have a broken headlight and are unable to immediately have it fixed, be sure that you are not driving at night so that your safety and those around you is not compromised.
4. Phone Use
More and more states are banning the use of cell phones while driving, and for good reason. Drivers distracted by their cell phones cause thousands of terrible accidents every year. If you have to call or text someone due to an emergency, pull over to a safe area such as a parking lot.
5. Driving Under the Influence
Drinking or taking drugs will impair your ability to drive, even though you might think you’re “just fine” and nothing will happen. Drunk drivers believe that they can handle driving in an inebriated state, but they’re really endangering their lives and those of others. Remember- buzzed driving is drunk driving. Don’t take the risk by getting behind the wheel after drinking and avoid getting in a car with someone who has been drinking.
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