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Most Dangerous Driving Habits

Car accidents happen every day in Utah. During the winter driving can be especially hazardous in Utah. No one wants to be in a car accident, but there are certain habits that some drivers have that increase their risk of getting into an accident. Here are a few of the most dangerous driving habits there are:

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Distracted driving

Distracted driving

Distracted driving of any kind, whether it’s texting while driving, putting make-up on while driving, or eating and driving is very dangerous. Taking your eyes off the road even for a second can be disastrous. At freeway speeds your car is traveling about 90 feet per second, which means that even a momentary lapse of attention could be a fatal mistake.

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Failure to signal/ signaling too late

Failure to signal/ signaling too late

Not letting other drivers know what your intentions are is the cause of thousands of fender benders in Utah each year as people try to guess what another car is up to. A remarkable amount of accidents could be prevented just by flipping on your blinker, it takes almost no effort at all and could save you a whole lot of trouble.

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Running lights

Running lights

We’ve all sped up to make a yellow light before, but it’s remarkable how many Utah people still come streaming through after the light has turned. Not only is running a red light a hefty fine, it’s also a good way to get t-boned, one of the worst types of car accidents.

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Tailgating

Tailgating

Another dangerous habit is the tendency to follow too closely. The majority of car accidents are usually a result of tailgating. If there is less than two seconds between you and the bumper of the person ahead of you, you are too close. Three to four seconds is more reasonable in good weather conditions and 6 to 8 seconds is necessary during inclement weather to avoid a Utah car accident.

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Speeding

Speeding

Speeding is the second leading cause of traffic fatalities after drunk driving. The likelihood of a car accident increases when a driver goes above or below the average speed limit on a road. Speeding gives you less reaction time should something get in your way. It is the cause of many serious car accidents in Utah.

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