Everyone thinks they’re a good driver, but the reality is that people often make mistakes and end up breaking important laws while driving. The worst part is that some people don’t even realize that they’re breaking the law. It’s important that you understand the laws and rules of the road in order to do all that you can to drive safely. That’s why in this post, we’ll cover some of the most commonly broken driving laws so that you’ll be able to keep an eye out the next time you’re on the road.
The 10 Driving Laws That Everybody Knows, But Nobody Follows
- Use your turn signals. If you’re turning, switching lanes, or pulling over, use your turn signals! This is the safest practice to warn others of what you’re going to do.
- Slow down in a school zone. You have to slow down in a school zone, especially if school is in session. It safeguards children’s lives and ensures you will not get a speeding ticket.
- Pass correctly. People often tend to pass on the right or pass incorrectly on the left. To pass correctly, use your turn signal to show your movements in and out of the passing lane, leave space between yourself and the car you are passing, and check to make sure there are no oncoming cars before you pass.
- Turn your headlights on. Your headlights should be on from sundown to sun up. Furthermore, if there are poor road conditions (i.e., heavy rain, fog, or snow) you should turn your headlights on to make your vehicle more visible.
- Fully stop at a stop sign. It says stop for a reason!
- Pay attention to road signs. Like paying attention to a stop sign, you should also pay attention to any yield signs as well as cautionary signs for animals, crosswalks, or sharp curves.
- Follow the speed limit. Following the speed limit ensures that all drivers circulate safely. It also saves you from getting a ticket!
- Respect other drivers. You aren’t the only one on the road. Respect other drivers by giving them their space and keeping your calm.
- Drive for the conditions. You shouldn’t drive the same as you would in perfect conditions if you’re driving in a rainstorm. Remember that it’s okay to adjust your driving to the conditions of the road.
- If you miss your exit, go to the next one. Too many people make illegal U-turns when they miss their turn or exit. But this is dangerous and can cause an accident. If you miss your turn, it’s much safer to continue driving until you can safely and legally find your route.
The New Arizona Driving Law
As of January 2021, a new driving law went into effect in Arizona. Signed by Governor Doug Ducey in 2019, the law prohibits the use of a cell phone or other hand-held mobile devices while driving unless it is being used in hands-free mode.
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At Drive Friendly AZ, our goal is to help people in the Mesa/Gilbert and East Valley areas gain knowledge about safe driving behavior. If you’ve enjoyed reading our post on the most commonly broken driving laws and want to commit to safe driving practices, sign our pledge today. You’ll be joining other people who want to drive friendly and arrive safely.
More reading to help you Drive Friendly and Arrive Safely on your next road trip:
The No-Zone: When Trucks Can’t See You
Clean Your Windshield
Obeying The Speed Limit (Slow Kills As Much As Fast Does)