Having the steering wheel in your hands, making the car move, you are carrying a tremendous responsibility.
Many drivers do not realize the weight that being on the driver’s seat puts on one’s shoulders. Maybe some know but just don’t care as much as they should. That’s why accidents on the road occur.
When you drive, it’s like you are in charge of a whole treasure which is the car itself, and in your accountability lies precious lives as well. These are the main reasons why driving carefully and mindfully are crucial. You cannot just drive with a little knowledge about how this thing must be done, or else, you’re putting your own life and others’ lives on the line.
Though the existence of road accidents are not anymore new, still, it’s surprising and frightening when you witness them on your way, and even more, when you yourself get into such mishaps. Not to mention, road traffic crashes are still one of the principal causes of deaths in many countries all over the globe. Terribly, a lot of them happen because of drivers’ reckless driving.
Below are just 5 of the most typical irresponsible driver actions that cause common road accidents. Know them well, so that if you are a driver, your eyes will be opened widely to understand that proper driving is a MUST!
 CARELESS OVERTAKING
In most roadways, especially in vast highways, cars, motorcycles and various types of vehicles are moving swiftly. In smallers roads, there are also rapid-moving vehicles. Especially when the traffic lights turn green, cars are like competing against each other, though some may not be.
Roads seem always in a hurry. Many drivers are used to overtaking others to obviously go ahead of them. Usually, drivers who are impatient to be at the back of another car do this. Some are doing it to surpass a vehicle which is moving more slowly than them. When you’re running late for work, and there’s a slow-moving car in front of you, you get annoyed, so you overtake it. You understand this if you’re a driver.
Overtaking is beneficial in a way that you get to move towards the front of the vehicle you’re following. You can save time by that, however, it’s actually a huge risk drivers take.
It can be dangerous whatever type of road you are in. First, if it is a one-way road, the problem could arise if there is an incoming car (same direction as yours) from the lane you are transferring to. Irresponsible drivers do not or belatedly check the side mirror before changing lanes to overtake. The result? The incoming car taking the same direction crashes onto the overtaking car. Though it will not be a huge problem if the arriving car is slowly moving, the driver is still going to get angry because of the sudden vehicle movement. Worst case scenario, if it has a high speed, the irresponsible driver is doomed. If you are that driver, you are doomed.
Second and probably the more horrible overtaking style is doing so at the centerline of the highway. That is counterflowing too. This is very harmful especially if there are speedy vehicles from the opposite lane.
 CUTTING LANES WITHOUT SIGNAL LIGHTS
One of the most head-heating actions that irresponsible drivers do is this: cutting in lines without signal lights! Take this from a real driver, yours truly!
Using signal lights is significant. These lights are made and designed for drivers to communicate with each other wherever they are, with the power of lights! No words, just blinking lights, right? So imagine if one car is cutting in a lane without signal lights! The driver in the car moving through that lane will be startled, and if he/she is not alert, the car might bump onto the reckless driver’s vehicle.
Without properly using signal lights, drivers will not be able to communicate clearly. Come on! It’s the only means of precisely telling other drivers where you’re going, so don’t underestimate it.
Rash drivers who do not correctly make use of their signal lights should just stay at home. They will just be leading to road accidents if they’re on the driver’s seat. If they insist on driving, then, they must learn the importance of signal light first and apply it.
 VIOLATING LINE MARKINGS
The line markings you see on the road are not there for decoration. They serve as guides and instructions for drivers to follow, so traffic safety is maintained as much as possible.
Incautious drivers see line markings but they do not follow them, thinking “no one’s looking”. Don’t forget that whether or not someone is guarding, drivers must be honest and obedient to rules. You will never know when accidents will spring up, so being careful is essential!
Some hasty drivers violate line markings for the reason of seeing other drivers who are also ignoring them. This is very wrong! Such a rotten mindset! No matter how others are neglectful to road rules, set yourself apart from them. They are putting their and others’ lives in danger. Don’t be the same if you are a driver.
When you see a road sign indicating that the speed limit is 60 kph, observe it while driving. Do not exceed!
Drivers who drive beyond specified speed requirements and restrictions are not just given traffic ticket violations but also are at the verge of experiencing road tragedies.
Driving properly does not equate to driving faster than everyone else. It means driving responsibly. Move with the speed you can handle as a driver, not with the speed you think you’d look cool with. Move with the speed you are told to have, not with the speed you merely want. Nobody has ever looked cool by going beyond a road’s speed limit.
Others care about their lives and others’ safety on the road as well. Drive diligently, attentively and respectfully. If you can’t do that, then don’t drive at all.
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Travel, health, shopping, lifestyle and business are among the many subjects she writes about. Through quality and well-researched writing, she informs and even entertains readers about things that matter. She is also interested in film critiquing and filmmaking. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.