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Safe Driving Misconceptions

Kent Lansing
Friday, Jun 19

There are so many misconceptions about safe driving and how the features in your car can help you drive safer. While this is true, it’s important not to rely on these safe driving features and make sure you are always abiding by the speed limit, looking where you’re going, and avoiding distractions. Whether you have been driving for six months or 30 years, here are some common driving misconceptions debunked.

Driving the Speed Limit is Always Safe

While most people might think that driving the speed limit at all times is safe, sometimes it’s safer to be driving slower. In reality, speed limits are set and enforced under the assumption of ideal conditions. However, when conditions become less than ideal, think rain, snow and sleet, driving the speed limit can actually be extremely dangerous. When it’s snowing, when the roads are slippery, and if there’s a storm, drive slow and take your time getting to your destination.

Driving Slower is Safer

Driving slower is safer when the road conditions are less than ideal but when the conditions are ideal, say a sunny day, driving slow (especially on the highway) can be dangerous. Cars will be entering and exiting at the correct speed limit and coming up on a car that is driving very slow can cause them to break harder than they were expecting, which can lead to car accidents.

Using a Hands-Free Device While Driving is Safe

While using a hands-free device while driving is safer than holding your device in your hand, the conversation you are having can be as distracting as it would be to be texting and driving. If you can, pull over to talk on the phone or wait until you get to your destination to catch your parents up on your day at work so you can focus on the road and those around you.

Tailgating a Car in Front of You Will Make them Drive Faster

In reality, tailgating the car in front of you will most likely cause them to drive slower. Being close to the car in front of you can also cause more damage if they were to stop short. Keep as much space between you and the car in front of you to avoid any issues.

The Left Lane is for Driving Fast

The left lane shouldn’t be driven in unless you are passing someone. You still need to abide by the speed limit in this lane.