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In the state of Colorado, many bad driving habits are so common that they’ve practically been normalized. Your friends might engage in these habits, and you might engage in them once in a while, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less risky. Any time you engage in bad driving habits, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting into a car accident.

What are some bad driving habits you should avoid?

When changing lanes, you should always flip on your turn signal, even if there are no other cars behind you. It might seem pointless, but if you get in the habit of not doing it when there’s no traffic, you might forget to do it when you’re in the middle of a busy highway. If there’s a car behind you, switching lanes without turning on your blinker can quickly lead to car accidents.

You should also avoid driving too closely to another vehicle, even if the vehicle in front of you is going below the speed limit. If they suddenly stop, you won’t have much room when you slam on the brakes. And if the road conditions are bad, you could end rear-ending another person’s vehicle. You can pass slow drivers in certain areas, but never drive too closely to “teach them a lesson.”

Additionally, don’t get into the habit of speeding on the highway. Speeding doesn’t just result in traffic tickets–it can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. The speed limits exist to keep drivers safe on the road.

What should you do if you get into a car accident?

After you’ve been in an accident, your attorney should be one of the first people you call. An attorney could help keep you from incriminating yourself or getting additional charges added to the incident, such as leaving the scene of a crime.