Driving instructors certainly have a unique view into the way that Americans approach the road. They see people right from the very beginning, with no experience, and they get to watch them grow and develop their skills.
At the same time, they see all the mistakes that these drivers make, some of which can lead to accidents. They try to work with them and correct these issues, but it is clear that many people who pass their tests and finish the instructional period still make plenty of errors. Here are the five that driving instructors see the most:
- Not leaving enough distance between their front bumper and the next car, making it hard — or impossible — to stop in time in an emergency.
- Not driving at the right speed. This means following the speed limit, but it also means adjusting for conditions.
- Making mistakes while passing. These could include driving too fast or trying to pass when there’s not enough space to do it safely.
- Violating another driver’s right-of-way. This happens in numerous situations, such as when a driver pulls out into traffic and cuts off another car.
- Making mistakes while turning. Examples include turning without using a signal, hitting the curb, driving into the wrong lane, turning from the wrong lane and not properly yielding to people who are already in the crosswalk.
Have you been involved in an accident with a driver who made one of these common mistakes? If so, you need to know if you have a right to financial compensation for your lost wages, medical bills and other costs.