Avoid These Dangerous Driving Habits

Let’s be honest. How many of us can truly say we never break the speed limit? Or how many of us can honestly say that we never glance at our smartphones while driving? In reality, virtually everyone has been guilty of violating the law at some time in their driving history.

But the fact remains that speeding and distracted driving are two of the most dangerous habits that lead to car accidents. These are accidents that could have been avoided if only we appreciated how dangerous these habits are.


Speeding or going too fast for conditions is a major contributing factor to many car accidents. Posted speed limits are determined in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations. These rules have evolved over decades of experience and research to provide safe conditions for travelers in motor vehicles, bicycles and to protect pedestrians. It is no mystery that when we exceed the posted speed limits, we increase our chances of losing control of our vehicle or colliding with other traffic.

To prevent an accident, the first thing to practice is obeying the posted speed limits. Following the speed limit can reduce the chance of having an accident for multiple reasons, such as having more time to react in case of an unexpected occurrence, being able to properly control the vehicle while making a turn and being able to stop safely when needed.

Distracted Driving

Multitasking is a valued skill in many aspects of life. In our fast-paced society, it seems as if we are almost always doing at least two or three things at once. It is an attribute that is highly sought after in the business world for many occupations. But multitasking while driving is known as distracted driving, and it has become one of the leading causes of car accidents in the last 20 years.

The invention of the smartphone has created the deadly habit of texting and driving. Many lives have been needlessly cut short due to an insatiable need to stay connected with others through our smartphones at all times, even when we are operating a two-ton piece of machinery.

Combine speeding with distracted driving, and you have a disaster waiting to happen. Put down the phone. Whatever it is can wait until you pull over in a safe manner and in a safe spot.

Drinking and Driving

Drunk driving is another dangerous driving habit that is the reason behind many Goldsboro car accidents. Even though we think we can drive safely after having had one or two alcoholic drinks, reaction times and perceptions are altered in such a way that impair our senses and our driving skills.

The amount of impairment that it takes to cause us to miss an upcoming a red light or another vehicle approaching from the side is so slight that it could mean even a fraction of a second in reaction time. So imagine how impaired a driver is when they are really inebriated or what most people consider to be “drunk.” This is why the legal limit for drinking and driving is set at 0.08 percent blood alcohol level. The thousands of lives that have been lost due to drinking and driving leading to fatal car accidents stand as a testament to the fact that alcohol and driving do not mix.

Drowsy Driving

Driving while drowsy is very dangerous and causes untold misery for families in the Goldsboro area and across the country. Whether it is early in the morning while driving to work, or at the end of a long day or journey while trying to reach your destination without having to stop, fatigued driving poses a serious safety threat.

Falling asleep at the wheel has caused many car accidents in Goldsboro and surrounding communities. The problem with drowsy driving is that we believe we can handle it, and that we can control when and how we fall asleep. Studies have recently highlighted the flawed belief systems of drivers, and efforts are now being focused on changing the way we think about drowsy driving, rather than the old approach of merely pointing out that it is dangerous.

There are many other common causes of car accidents. If we become more aware of these causes, help our children realize the dangers of bad driving behaviors and the good sense of developing good driving habits, we can prevent future crashes in North Carolina.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you should contact an experienced Goldsboro car accident attorney for a free evaluation of your case.