Are You a Safe Driver?



Are You a Safe Driver?

By Cynthia Hanson for Life & Beauty Weekly

Find out if you are a safe driver.Think you’re an ace on the road? Not so fast. Even if you’ve never gotten so much as a parking ticket, you may have forgotten some traffic rules — and that could put you at risk for an accident.

Consider this: A 2011 study from GMAC Insurance found that 18 percent of American drivers (nearly one in five motorists) couldn’t pass a written drivers test if they took it today. Here are the most common — and dangerous — mistakes drivers make, plus tips on tuning up your driving smarts.

You multi-task while driving.
Inattentive driving is something of a national epidemic, thanks to rampant cell phone use behind the wheel. And there’s no denying its danger: Distracted driving is said to be the cause of up to 25 percent of crashes nationwide.

So when you rev up your car, power down your phone and iPad. “It’s not the time to read email or update your Facebook status,” says William Van Tassel, Ph.D., manager of Driver Training Operations for AAA in Orlando, Florida.

You don’t look far enough ahead on the road — or far enough to the side.

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