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Road rules – Forgotten

02 Dec Blog | Comments

In order to get our licenses we had to follow every single one of the road rules. We had to prove we knew what they were by taking a written test. Then we had to show we knew the road rules by taking a road test. Then once we got our driver license we had to prove to our parents we would follow those same road rules by not getting speeding tickets or into car accidents.

Now fast-forward 5 years, 10 years, 15 years and you will see many people have forgotten those very important road rules. Or maybe more accurately they have chosen not to follow those road rules anymore. This article is a little reminder about some of those road rules that maybe you have gotten a bit lazy about.

Turn Signals

Turn signals let the person behind you know where you are headed. This is one of the most important road rules that people seem to forget about doing. Granted if you are sitting in a left turning lane perhaps you don’t really need a turn signal. However, if you are turning right into store and fail to use your turn signal you may end up with a car hitting your back end. You have to slow down to turn and by using your signal you let the person behind you know they need to slow down also. Technically it isn’t your fault if they rear end you as they should be far enough behind you that they have time to slow down. But do you really want to deal with an accident your fault or not?

Blind spots

Life seems to just move faster and faster. People want to get where they are going right now. People talk on their phones while driving and forget to follow certain road rules. One that is most ignored, particularly on the highway, is checking blind spots. It is hard to hold the phone with your shoulder and look at your blind spot so people just go, without looking or turning on their signals. As a result people have crashed into each other both trying to move into the same lane at the same time. They also cut off the person in the blind spot creating an accident behind them that they may not know they even created.

Motorcycles

Road rules are in place for lots of reasons. Keeping your distance from motorcycles and/or watching out for motorcycles is for your protection and theirs. If you are following too closely to a motorcycle you may end up with a rock in your windshield. And if you follow too closely to a motorcycle and they, just like a car, have to stop suddenly the odds of you hitting them are very high. The difference between a car and a motorcycle is that the odds of surviving a motorcycle accident are much lower when it hit by a car, versus a car hitting a car.

These are just three of the many road rules that people tend to get lazy about after driving for a while. As we get better and more confident at driving we feel like we can pick which road rules we follow and which ones we don’t. It is important to remember why we had to take all those steps to earn our driver’s license in the first place. Turn signals let the person behind you know where you are headed next so they have time to adjust for that. Checking your blind spot keeps you from cutting someone off and/or creating an accident. And giving motorcycles the same respect you give cars keeps you and them safer. Road rules keep us as safe as possible, so don’t forget about them! Remember why they are important and follow the road rules every day.

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