Top Five Driving Mistakes

For most, getting behind the wheel is second nature but that comfort level can lead to driving mistakes and cause accidents.  It’s easy to make errors without realizing it.  Keep yourself and others safe on the road by avoiding these mistakes:

1. Tailgating

Leave a three-second cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you.  Leave even more time when road conditions are bad or when you’re travelling at higher speeds.

2.  Stopping instead of Yielding

Accidents can happen when drivers stop at a yield sign.  “Yield” simply means to slow down and let the traffic on the road you are entering have the right of way.  Most times, this is possible without coming to a stop. [Wacoans: Be careful on the Traffic Circle on LaSalle/Hwy77/Valley Mills!!]

3. Trusting mirrors instead of your eyes

Relying on mirrors can cause blind spots. Whether backing up or switching lanes, always look over your shoulder.  And remember: Objects in your mirror are closer than they appear.

4. Failing to yield on green

Even though a green light means “GO,” always remember to look at the street you are entering – especially when turning left – to make sure no pedestrians or vehicles are in your path.  [Also: Red lights mean “STOP” not “One more can go.”]

5. Multi-tasking

Drivers are distracted by just about anything these days – including the radio, eating, and most importantly – using the phone.  Focus on driving and turn off all gadgets when you turn the key.  Sending a text message is not more important than your life or the lives of those around you.  Pull over if it’s that important.

Be a safe driver.  Take the National Drivers Test!

Share and compare your scores with your family and friends and figure out who the smartest and safest drivers are.  Visit to see how well you know the rules of the road!

Remember, we’re here to help! Call us if there’s anything we can do for you: 254-662-4171 or email:  .



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