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Ditch these 5 habits of bad driving

When you're cruising down the highway in Kentucky, are you a safety risk to yourself, your passengers and other drivers? You may have unintentionally fallen into some dangerous driving habits that need to be broken.

Review the five bad driving behaviors below to see if you need to tighten up your skills.

  1. Failing to stop completely at stop signs. Rolling through intersections is dangerous. Even if you don't see another vehicle approaching, you still must stop. A child or pet could dart out in front of you and cause an accident.
  2. Not using your turn signals. Drivers should activate their turn signals 100 feet before the intended turn, merge or lane change. Unless you signal properly, other drivers can't accommodate you by slowing their speeds.
  3. Speeding. Obey posted speed signs, and if none are posted, keep in mind that speeds in residential areas are usually between 15 and 30 miles per hour. Two-lane roads without dividers have limits in the range of 40 to 55 mph. Rural roads with dividers generally limit speed to 55 to 70 mph, and interstates typically max out at 55 to 65 mph.
  4. Running red (or yellow) stop lights. Yellow lights should not be a sign to gun it through an intersection. Decrease speed and wait for the light cycle to change.
  5. Rubbernecking at crash or construction sites. Looky-loo drivers can worsen accident conditions by causing chain reactions if they fail to notice stalled vehicles ahead, police or other road hazards.

If you get injured in an accident caused by another driver's negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries, as well as potential other damages.

Source: State Farm, "Time to Break These 5 Bad Driving Habits," accessed Aug. 25, 2017

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