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What Are Common Driver Errors You May Make While Driving?

What Are Common Driver Errors You May Make While Driving?

What are the most common driver errors you may be committing while driving? When people hear "driver error" they often think of driving too fast for conditions or misjudging a turning radius. However, there are other, more simple driving errors that many drivers commit without thinking about them. Understanding these and addressing these issues can go a long way toward preventing a motor vehicle accident in Kansas.

Simple Driving Errors That Are Easily Corrected

  • Driving while distracted. Each day, more than 1,000 injuries and nine fatalities occur because of distracted drivers. Drivers can reduce their risk by staying focused on the road. This means not adjusting radio dials, not applying makeup, and most certainly not talking on a cell phone or texting.
  • Driving with high beams on. While you should always drive with your headlights on, even in daylight, it's important not to use your high beams when oncoming traffic is present. Driving with high beams reduces the visibility for oncoming drivers and can increase head-on collision risk.
  • Failing to signal. If you plan to change lanes, turn, or pull over, always use your turn signals. This provides notice to the vehicles behind you of your intentions and gives them an opportunity to slow down or maneuver out of the way. In 2012, the Society of Automotive Engineers released a report that indicated upwards of 2 million motor vehicle accidents each year were caused by drivers who failed to use their turn signals.
  • Following too closely. More commonly known as "tailgating," this aggressive driving behavior is potentially fatal. Always maintain at least three seconds of following distance between your vehicle and any vehicles on the road ahead. It would be best if you increased this distance when inclement weather is present and during periods of diminished visibility such as fog or low-light conditions.
  • Failing to adjust mirrors. An improperly aligned mirror creates a significant blind spot to the sides and rear of your vehicle. Adjusting your mirrors before each trip should happen before you turn the ignition on.
  • Driving in the passing lane. Kansas law requires motorists to stay in the right lane except when overtaking another vehicle. As soon as the maneuver is complete, motorists are required to return to the right lane.
  • Driving while fatigued. Life is busy, and time is precious. However, that doesn't mean it's acceptable to drive while fatigued. Drivers without sufficient sleep have diminished cognitive function and reflexes. Drowsy Driver Prevention Week falls between November 1-8 this year. It's the perfect opportunity to learn more about drowsy driving and the things you can do to stay alert while you are behind the wheel.
  • Ignoring maintenance. That knock under the hood and the screeching from the tires are sounds you never want to ignore. Motorists in Kansas are required by law to maintain their vehicle in good working condition. Never ignore the maintenance and repairs required by the engine, transmission, steering, braking, or lighting systems. Doing so is a driver error that can expose you to significant legal liability.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik is a car accident lawyer who represents motorists and pedestrians who suffer personal injuries caused by driver error in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas. We represent family members of individuals who suffer wrongful deaths. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.