Common Driving Hazards to Avoid

Whether you have been driving for decades or you have just gotten started, the open road can be both liberating and dangerous. Thankfully, there are methods that you can employ to stay safe while you drive. Today we are going to be talking about some of the most common driving hazards and how you can avoid them.

Distracted Driving

We live in a busy world and the road is no exception. There are flashing billboards, your cellphone, the radio, passengers, and other drivers that are all vying for your attention. Though it may feel okay to take a quick glance at your cell phone or change the song on your playlist, these moments where your eyes are off the road can turn deadly.


Before you start driving, set your playlist, and do not touch it. Put your phone on silent and do not pick it up until you’re safely parked at your destination. If your passengers are being rowdy, remind them that you need to focus on the road for both your safety and theirs. The key to beating distracted driving is, above all, to focus on the task at hand and do your best to ignore all distractions.

Reckless Driving

Even when you are focused on the road and driving safely, other drivers may not be. Watch for the signs of a reckless driver and do your best to give them ample space. That might mean maintaining your speed or slowing down to let them pass you if you’re on a highway or keeping a safe distance behind a driver that is exhibiting signs of recklessness. If you see someone tearing down the street and acting aggressively behind the wheel, just find the safest way to give them some space and let them go on their way.

Ignored Repairs and a Faulty Vehicle

Regular vehicle maintenance is important and not just because it keeps your car running. Maintaining your vehicle makes it safer to drive. For example, if you do not get your oil changed regularly, you run the risk of having your engine seize up while you’re driving. This can lead to a major accident, putting you, your passenger(s), and other drivers in danger.


If you let your tires go a long time without rotating, repairing, or replacing them, they might blow out and, once again, lead to a serious accident. When you bring your vehicle in for routine maintenance, we will make sure to keep you informed on what we notice, and what you need to do to keep your vehicle operating safely.

Westside Transmission & Automotive is Here to Help You Stay Safe!

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