Top 5 Vehicle Accident Hot Spots

Vehicle accidents happen almost constantly across our country. With a more solid economy, more people are hitting the road and, unfortunately, each other. For those of us who make a living logging miles, we are at an even higher risk of experiencing a vehicle accident.

With our drivers in mind, we are sharing the top 5 vehicle accident hotspots. Next time you find yourself in one of these areas, snap yourself out of cruise control and stay safe out there!

Vehicle Accident Hot Spots

Parking Lots

Parking lots don’t experience fatal car accidents all that often. But fender benders are another story. It’s especially important to keep an eye out when you’re hauling a load through the lot. The biggest concern is pedestrians. Check carefully, then check again before you maneuver your way through a parking lot.

Intersections

If you happen to live in the RV capital of the world like we do, you’ve probably been at a 4-way stop where everyone waved everyone else on. Meanwhile, nobody is actually going anywhere. It’s just the way we do things in Indiana. (Should we add that to our driving pet peeves list?) It just goes to show that stop signs and yield signs aren’t always fully understood or obeyed. Even stoplights can be missed. This leads to accidents on a regular basis. Be a smart driver as well as a law-abiding one.

Close to Home

It’s true. Roughly 50% of vehicle accidents happen within 5 miles of home. This means that you could successfully travel cross country and back and still find yourself dealing with an accident. The familiarity of being close to home contributes to our being less cautious. We switch into auto-pilot mode in our comfort zone. Stay vigilant even if you could drive those last few miles with your eyes closed.

Two-Lane Roads

Two-lane roads leave very little room for error. Especially in non-residential areas where speed limits are more generous. Drifting over the center line can be incredibly dangerous in this situation. Faster vehicles passing slower vehicles on two-lane roads is another common cause for accidents.

Rural Highways

In all of your travels, you’ve probably driven by several accidents on a variety of highways. Rural highways are a hotspot, though. The most common type of accident to occur here? Single vehicle accidents. These long, quiet roads have a way of lulling drivers into inattention. We can go countless miles without really registering those miles in our minds. Suddenly, we’re running off the road, or hitting unnoticed debris, or hydroplaning over poorly maintained roadway. If you tend to struggle to stay alert on rural highways, or anywhere for that matter, check out our tips for dealing with drowsiness.

We’re not suggesting you avoid these hotspots. That would be an impossible task, especially in the RV transport profession. The purpose of this list is to help you be aware of what commonly leads to accidents so you can be more alert and vigilant. We at Wave Express wish you safe travels!

Wave Express Hires Paul Cassidy as Canadian Sales Manager

Wave Express Hires Paul Cassidy as Canadian Sales Manager

In an effort to expand beyond the US RV transport market, Goshen, Indiana based Wave Express, recently hired Paul Cassidy to manage all transport sales operations in Canada. Cassidy comes with over 30 years of RV industry experience including Director of Sales at Roadtrek Motorhomes, working within a Canadian Manufacturer, and selling US based products in Canada. Cassidy has also served on both the RVIA and CRVA boards. 

Wave Express started transporting towable RVs for dealers in 2005. “With the addition of Paul and his 30+ years of experience in the Canadian RV industry to our team, we will be able to offer an even higher level of support to Canadian dealers.” according to Rich Masson, President.

Paul can be reached at Paul@waverv.com or at 519-857-5951. 

Your Health on the Road

Most professions, even the desk job kind, allow you to get up and move at any point of the day. There’s also usually the freedom to pack your own lunch on a daily basis. Add in the accountability of surrounding employees and the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle at the typical workplace is very doable.

But what if your profession has you on the road most of the time?

Your health is important on the road, too. Maybe even more so.

The Importance of Health on the Road

We’re all aware of the importance of health. We may not all pursue a healthy lifestyle, but we can all agree that we should. But oftentimes we can convince ourselves that a lifestyle of health isn’t feasible when we’re constantly behind the wheel. I disagree!

Sure, health on the road is going to look a little different. But it’s not only feasible, it’s vital in your driving profession! Here’s why:

  • A healthy body has more energy, thus making for a more alert driver.
  • A healthy body doesn’t get sick as often, allowing you more time on the job.
  • A healthy body recovers more quickly, ensuring that you’re able to stay on track with your work goals.
  • A healthy body is a happy body, which means your experience on the road will be a pleasant one!

How to Stay Healthy on the Road

How do you make healthy happen while living the traveling life? Here are some super practical and simple tips that you can implement on your very next trip:

BYOC (Bring Your Own Cooler)

It’s not always possible to pack healthy food, but a cooler definitely improves the possibilities. Chop up your fruits and veggies so they’re easy to grab and munch on. Make sure you have plenty of water on hand. (Did you know that drinking cold water can keep you just as alert while driving as caffein?) A cooler makes it easy to limit sugary and processed snacks and replace them with healthy, nutritional foods.

Go Grocery Shopping

Instead of hitting the drive-thru or being stuck with whatever the nearest rest stop has to offer, run into the grocery store. You’ll find one anywhere you are on your trip. Grocery stores will have plenty of healthy snack and meal options that are already prepared for consumption. Stock your cooler with things like baby carrots, apples, cheese sticks, sliced peppers, and bottled smoothies. Grab some jerky, trail mix, and even a little bit of dark chocolate. Do your best to steer clear of overly processed and sugary foods, noting the ingredients list before purchasing.

Check Your Portions

Be careful of portions! If you purchase a large container of trail mix or a whole bag of popcorn, pick up some snack-size bags and divvy it out before you hit the road. Or simply pick up foods that are already in the right portion size. Even healthy foods can be harmful if you overindulge!

Be Intentional About Exercise

You’re probably not going to feel like hitting the hotel gym or pool after a long day of driving, but if you set your mind to it, it’ll be well worth it. Decide each day that you are going to be active and stick to it. The best option may be to knock it out before you hit the road. You can also choose a rest stop as your personal gym. Here’s an example of a roadside workout:

  • Warm up with a walk around the parking lot, some arm swings, and several jumping jacks.
  • Do 30 seconds to 1 minute circuits of squats, high knees, burpees, and traveling lunges. Repeat 3 times.
  • Cool down with another walk around the parking lot and some deep breathing and stretches.

Check out this website or do a quick google search for more exercise ideas for the healthy traveler such as yourself.

Get Some Sleep

In our fast-paced world, sleep can feel a little overrated. But it’s quite the opposite! Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle, especially when your lifestyle involves long hours on long highways. Give your body the opportunity to recover from the day before and prepare for the day ahead by getting plenty of sleep. Exercise helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer while contributing to energy during the day. So don’t skip your workouts! And if you haven’t filled your belly with too much greasy fast food, you’ll likely have a more restful night as well.

Enlist an Accountability Buddy

Just because you aren’t surrounded by coworkers all day doesn’t mean you can’t enlist a little help. Whether it’s your spouse, a fellow driver, a personal trainer, or a friend, find someone that will challenge you; someone who will check in to make sure you’ve completed your workout or text you new healthy snack ideas. Find someone who will cheer you on and lift you up. And do the same for them!

Your Health on the Road

It really is doable and simple to maintain your health on the road, wouldn’t you agree? Each one of these tips can be implemented right away and with minimal effort. But that effort will pay huge healthy dividends in the future! Here at Wave Express, we applaud your commitment to your health on the road!

Podcasts of 2019 That Will Help You Pass the Miles

Hitting the road for your next long haul is an excellent opportunity to dive into the world of podcasts. In fact, the miles might pass you by more quickly than you want them to when you’re caught up in a great podcast. Whether you’re new to podcast listening or you’re a veteran with the need for more options, here’s your list of interesting podcasts of 2019*.

Interesting Podcasts of 2019

Educational

Fascinated with history or science? Want to learn more about investing? Have a thing for random trivia? There’s a podcast out there somewhere that can satisfy your educational desires. Here’s some favorites to get you started:

  • 99% Invisible “is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about–the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.” This podcast will answer questions you never knew you had while inspiring you to notice the invisible.
  • Car Talk could prove useful in your driving career. This one hour listen will have you cracking up as “America’s funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners.”
  • Hardcore History is true to its name. Dan Carlin brings history to life through fascinating series such as “Blueprint for Armageddon” and “King of Kings.” With hours worth of listening per podcast episode, there won’t be a dull moment during your entire trip.
  • The Tim Ferriss Show has been a favorite among podcasts listeners for some time now and for good reason. On this business podcast, you’ll hear interviews with greats from all walks of life including LeBron James, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Popova.
  • Money For the Rest of Us “is a podcast about money, how it works, how to invest it, and how to live without worrying about it.”

StoryTelling

Sometimes what you need is a good story. True or fictional, romantic or terrifying, hilarious or tear-jerking, there’s a podcast that will surely keep you engaged for miles to come.

  • The Moth Podcast “features re-airs of all new episodes of The Moth Radio Hour, plus additional stories from [their] vast archive recorded over the past two decades.” These are true stories, as remembered by the teller, shared “live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
  • Anansi Storytime tells “Fairy Tales and Folklore from cultures all over the world as audio plays.” These audio dramas will take you into entirely different worlds without ever stepping out of your truck.
  • The Strange Case of Starship Iris follows life after “Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials” in 2189.
  • Welcome to Night Vale is an ongoing radio drama about “the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true.”
  • The Memory Palace “is a storytelling podcast and public radio segment about the past.” These super short stories may surprise you, break your heart, or make you laugh hysterically.

News

Instead of constantly searching for the next radio station as you pass through city after city, try out some of these news podcasts to keep you up-to-date on the world’s happenings.

  • The Globalist is a daily podcast that covers major news events around the world. The hosts hail from various countries, offering perspectives you don’t usually get from a news station.
  • World Business Report will keep you up to date on breaking news all day long. 2-3 episodes are published each day following major news stories as they happen.
  • TIME Spoken Edition is how you consume stories published in TIME magazine or on the website without ever taking your eyes off the road.
  • The Takeaway “is America’s weekday conversation.” This podcast is all about domestic news, and tackles controversial topics in a calm and respectful manner.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of the hundreds of thousands of podcasts available. But these handful of options that are proving to be some of the favorite podcasts of 2019 will keep you entertained for miles. Don’t hear anything you fancy from this list? Check out iTunes Charts for up-to-date top 10 podcasts, then share your favorites with us!

*This list of podcasts of 2019 was chosen based on popularity and variety. The views and opinions expressed in the podcasts may not align with Wave Express. We do hope you find a podcast or two to enjoy on the road!

Safety Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

When driving long distances, it’s not at all uncommon to hit the road in the sunshine and find yourself in the midst of horrible weather just a couple hours later. In just one day of driving you could encounter a wide range of weather conditions that could vary wildly. You could start your day with dense fog that gives way to sunshine that is interrupted by a thunderstorm which transforms into snow showers.

It could happen! Don’t let inclement weather catch you off guard. Here are some safety tips to help you through any kind of weather:

Snowy/Icy Weather

  • Slow down. Even if you don’t think the roads are icy, it’s worth going just a little slower to protect yourself, fellow drivers, and your haul. This will give you more time to react should something occur.
  • Give extra space. Remember your heavy load and the extra time you’ll need to brake. This is basic driving safety, but in poor weather conditions exaggerate the space between you and the car ahead.
  • Understand black ice. Sometimes this sheet of ice can seem impossible to see, but you can be aware of where it might be even if you can’t see it. Bridges are especially susceptible, as well as at intersections and in shadowed areas. Give yourself a minimum of a couple hundred feet to come to a stop at intersections, and slow down considerably before crossing a bridge.
  • Brake and accelerate with care. In slippery conditions, you never want to be forceful about speeding up or slowing down. Pump your brakes gently to avoid locking your tires and spinning out of control.
  • Stay calm. If you begin to skid, let off the brake and the accelerator and gently turn into it. If necessary and it can be done safely, pull off the road away from oncoming traffic.

Rainy/Stormy Weather

  • Slow down. It’s simply always a good idea to slow down when the weather conditions are not ideal. Heavy rain can not only limit visibility, but also cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Especially with a tall load, windy conditions can prove dangerous and require you to let off the accelerator and tighten your grip on your steering wheel.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. You can’t always gauge the depth of the standing water, and it’s impossible to know for sure what the water might be hiding. You also run the risk of water getting sucked into the air-intake valve then into your engine, leaving you stranded.
  • Receive inclement weather notifications. Apps like InRoute Route Planner among others will give you weather alerts as you drive.
  • Find shelter. In the case of a tornado, get off the highway and find shelter outside of your vehicle right away. If you can’t find a building for safety, find the lowest part of the ground, such as a ditch, as far away from trees and bridges as possible.

Foggy Weather

  • Slow down. (Notice a trend here?) If you’re passing your fellow drivers, you’re going too fast. It’s better to arrive late than not arrive at all.
  • Use low beams. It doesn’t matter what time of day, if there’s fog, turn on the headlights. Avoid your brights as they can reflect off the fog and worsen visibility. Low beams will help you see and help others see you.
  • Use reflectors and roadway lines as guides. In regular weather conditions, these helps are a no-brainer. In fog, they’re a lifeline. Avoid drifting out of your lane or missing a curve by paying extra close attention to road markings.
  • Get off the road. Sometimes the wisest option is to wait it out. Find a rest area or fueling station instead of sitting on the side of the road.

Additional Tips

  • Always perform a pre-trip check.
  • Aim to keep the gas tank above the halfway mark.
  • Adjust your route or schedule based on weather reports.
  • Stock up on essential safety supplies including water, a blanket, a flashlight, road flares, jumper cables, and an ice scraper.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to put your safe driving skills to work, contact Wave today!

The Best Tech for the Long Drive

best tech for driving

Looking for the best tech for driving long distances? We’ve got the list! Read on.

The Good Ol’ Days

Remember the good ol’ days? When you had to grope around the back seat while driving in search of the atlas that had fallen just out of reach? After risking your life to grab it, spilling hot coffee on yourself in the process, you haphazardly balanced the oversized thing on the steering wheel. You would veer dangerously close to the center line as you attempted to get your bearings while looking at the map. Eventually, you would pull off the road to get a better look because you kept losing your place every time you’d glance up at the road. You’d find your supposed location on the map then toss it into the back seat again, convinced that you wouldn’t need it anymore. Then the whole scene would repeat itself another several miles down the road.

Ah the good ol’ days. I’m so glad they’re over.

Technology has changed the world– specifically the RV transport world. It’s incredible the things we no longer have to suffer through as we drive long distances. Thank you, technology!

The likelihood is you’re already using technology while driving, even if you’re new to transporting. But do you know about all the possibilities? Here’s a list of the best tech for driving that will leave you wondering how you ever lived without them:

The Best Tech for Driving

Smart Phone

Yes, this is a no-brainer. But let’s just take a minute to reminisce about the time when car phones were a rarity and cell phones weren’t a thing. How did anyone survive? We may never know. Of course another no-brainer is smart phone safety. (Don’t text and drive!) Some of the following technology will help you use your phone safely and effectively.

Smart Phone Holder

One of these is essential. It allows you to place your phone at or near eye level so you can see and touch the screen effortlessly and safely. Look for a holder that allows you to place and remove your phone easily. The ability to have your phone charging while it’s in the holder is also an important convenience. The iOttie Easy One Touch is an excellent option.

Portable Charger

You can plug a charger into the auxiliary port like most people do. Or you could make it easy to charge your devices even at a rest stop, restaurant, or anywhere else you find yourself needing a charger. The Anker PowerCore is a portable charger that offers multiple plug in options and can fully charge your smart phone or tablet several times before it needs to be recharged itself.

Bluetooth Adapter

Trying to find a new radio station every few miles is almost as annoying as using an atlas to navigate. Do yourself a major favor and purchase a bluetooth adapter. It plugs into your auxiliary port (some allow you to charge your phone through it) so you can play music, audiobooks, or podcasts from your phone through your car stereo or bluetooth headset. You can answer phone calls without having to remove your phone from it’s handy holder. Mpow is a good option.

Bluetooth Headset

With all this technology, you never have to pick up your phone while you’re on the road. A bluetooth headset means everything coming from your phone is going directly into your ear. You can chat on the phone, listen to music, and hear your GPS even if you’re cruising with your windows down.

Portable Jump Starter

Surely this wouldn’t ever happen to you, but if your truck battery dies by some crazy fluke, a portable jump starter will have you back on the road in no time. No need to flag someone down for the use of their jumper cables and car battery. Not only that, the right kind of portable jump starter allows you to charge your devices with it at the same time. Try out the GOOLOO jump starter.

Dash Cam and Alexa

Garmin Speak Plus is a nifty bit of technology that’s loaded with conveniences. It has a dash cam with driver assistance features and a voice navigation system. And it has Alexa with all her power. Ask Alexa for directions, music, weather, etc.

Global Positioning System

There’s a plethora of GPS options, the most obvious of which is your smart phone. Garmin is another great option. The bottom line is, those cumbersome atlases are just a blip in our human history. Thank you, technology!

The Long Drive

You’re equipped with some of the very best tech for driving. Put it all to excellent use by transporting RVs for Wave Express! Contact us today about getting paid to travel with all the convenience of technology!

How to Save Money on Fuel: Tips for the Long Haul

save on fuel

It is always a wise practice to do our best to save on fuel. As an RV transporter, less money spent on fuel means more money lining your pockets. But how do you go about saving some green while hauling heavy loads cross country?

It may surprise you how easy it is to lower your fuel costs with just a few simple tricks. In fact, implementing these tips on your longest hauls could yield the greatest savings. But no matter the distance, make these money-saving tips a regular part of your driving routine and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time.

Tips for Saving Money on Fuel

Drive Efficiently

The desire to get the job done quickly can lend to a heavy foot on the peddle, but consider the implications. Higher speeds expend fuel faster. You may be ticking down the miles but you’ll also be ticking up the cost. You also run the risk of a speeding ticket. Not worth it!

What does it look like to drive efficiently? Yes, it means driving a little slower. Even a 1 mph increase can impact the cost at the pump. Choose a safe and efficient speed for your load and then stick with it. Inconsistent speed also impacts your bottom line.

Pack Your Lunch

Speaking of inconsistent speeds, stopping frequently for food can ruin your fuel budget. Eating small portions every couple of hours helps keep you alert while driving long distances but hitting a rest stop every couple of hours is costly. Keep snacks handy so you can bypass what would have been extra stops while still staying alert for the drive. Think of saving the money on expensive gas station and restaurant foods as a bonus!

Invest in an Auxiliary Tank

In the spirit of less stops, an auxiliary fuel tank can keep you cruising for hundreds of miles. Just flip a switch when the fuel is running low in your main tank. The quickest fill up you’ve ever done! Aux tanks also allow you to fill up where and when diesel prices are cheapest (quick bonus tip: avoid weekend fill-ups!). You’ll save money and reach your destination in a timely manner without putting to use that lead foot of yours.

Check Your Tires

It’s a tip you probably know but is super easy to forget. Tire pressure is key to fuel efficiency. Prioritize regular pressure checks as well as quality tires. Be careful to inflate your tires correctly as under- or overinflated tires are the fuel-burning culprits.

While you’re checking tires, you might as well give your whole truck a good lookin’ over. A well-maintained vehicle is more efficient all around!

Track Your Expenses

You’re a business owner after all. Track your fuel costs, as well as any other expenses and get the tax write-off. Find some helpful information here and here. You’ll be grateful for those deductions come tax time!

Tracking your expenses is just part of treating this job like it’s your own. Take pride in caring for your vehicle and your expenses. Be your favorite employee of your one-man business by saving significant amounts of cash with these simple fuel efficient tips!

Top 5 Reasons to get into the RV Transport Business

Recreational Vehicle (RV) transport is a booming business that comes with its own unique advantages. How many jobs out there allow you to set your own hours, see the country, and do it on someone else’s dime?

Whether you’re looking for the opportunity to travel the nation, supplement your income, or make a career of it, the RV transport business has something for you!

Here are your top 5 reasons to get into the RV transport business:

1. See new places in the US

Travel is the name of the game in RV transporting. You have the opportunity to see more places than you even knew you wanted to see. RVs are in high demand all over the United States so you’ll find yourself cruising through all the landscapes our great country has to offer. Satisfy the travel bug that’s been nipping at you for so long through transporting RVs!

2. Visit long-distance family and friends

When was the last time you visited your sister in Texas or spent time with your old college roommate in South Carolina? Has your grandma been hassling you to make the trip to Florida so she can spoil you like when you were a child? It’s finally time! Hook up the RV and hit the road with some cash in your pocket. Your family and friends have been missing you!

3. Catch up on your (audio) reading

There aren’t a whole lot of jobs out there that allow you to spend all the time you want reading! With all of the convenient ways to listen to audiobooks, you’ll be flying through books like you’re flying through miles. Finish your favorite novel series or get in a little personal growth with nonfiction options. Not into books? Podcasts make for excellent road trip companions!

4. Experience the open road

There’s something peaceful and almost magical about the wide open road. Mountains, valleys, prairies, deserts, wildlife, lakes and rivers all await you alongside the highways of America. Not to mention the sunrises, sunsets, and starry skies. Don’t discount the weird and unusual things you may encounter on the drive, making for some entertaining stories to share. There’s nothing quite like the open road!

5. Make some good money

You’re not only getting the opportunity to take in all that our country has to offer, you’re taking in some extra cash flow as well! “Get paid to travel!” as the say. And it’s true! RV transport is a business that pays and can pay rather well. Turn the hobby and enjoyment of traveling the nation into a profitable business with the right truck, the right hook ups, and the right company to transport for. The RV transport world just might be the scene you’ve been searching for and the life of your traveling dreams!

RVing for Newbies

You’ve finally taken the plunge and bought your dream RV. You’ve been imagining life on the road for quite a while now, or maybe simply dreaming up a week of luxurious camping. Whatever the case, your new favorite toy is burning a hole in your driveway. Time to hit the road! Right?

Well, maybe not just yet. There’s a handful of things you’re going to want to do before you dive head first into RV life. Don’t worry, you’ll have fun getting things ready. By investing a little bit of time into getting to know your RV before your first big trip, you’ll be ensuring that your first big trip is a huge hit!

We know you’re itching to get going, so here’s some tips for RV beginners such as yourselves:

Go for a practice drive.

That’s right, the first step is to drive that beauty around! If you don’t have experience driving large vehicles, it’s going to take some practice. Even all the familiar roads will feel a little foreign in your new rig. Take it for a spin, getting acclimated with all sorts of situations. And bring your family and pets along so they can get a feel for your driving. It’ll save plenty of backseat driving when you’re officially off on your adventure.

A common newbie mistake is to not know the height and width and weight of your RV. Suddenly, you come up on a bridge or tunnel and you’re panicking. Make sure you know the measurements and are aware of clearances. There are apps available, such as CoPilot, that allow you to plug in the size of your RV and suggest the ideal route for you.

Go camping in your driveway.

The best kind of learning is through experience. The best kind of RV learning is through experiencing it close to home. Here’s your chance to make all the mistakes within reach of an easy fix. You forgot something essential or simply convenient enough to make it important, no problem! Run in the house and get it. Figure out what works, how to make adjustments, and who in your family may need more practice before pulling away from home.

Take this opportunity to make a handy packing list for the future. Be sure to include basic tools and spare parts. You’ll want things like digital tire gauges, hefty extension cords, heavy jumper cables, and a basic tool kit. Don’t forget that extra propane tank! Do some thorough research so you’re ready for anything.

Go fill the gas tank.

Have you navigated the gas station, yet? This is something to get used to and understand ahead of time as well. But if you fill up the night before, you’ll save yourself the headache when it’s finally time to officially hit the road!

Go camping locally.

Another night close to home? Is that really necessary? It may not be vital, but it will certainly smooth out some more wrinkles before the big trip. You’ll get a good feel for the rules and tricks of RV camping. You’ll figure out what things needs to be secured in the RV while you’re driving. Break in the kitchen and the toilet. If you haven’t done a whole lot of tent camping, you may need some time to adjust to the lack of wifi and the sounds of the night.

Go on your great adventure!

RV camping has a serious learning curve. Knowing what you’re getting yourself into is essential. Do plenty of research, talk to avid RVers, and take the above important steps. If you do, you’ll be well on your way to taking what could be an adventure of a lifetime!

Driving Habits You Need to Stop

We all have our driving pet peeves. Those of us who drive for a living probably have a heightened sense of roadway annoyances. The question we all need to ask ourselves, though, is, “What am I doing that drives other drivers crazy?”

That’s right, we’re looking in the mirror in this blogpost. And it might get a little uncomfortable. But for the sake of all drivers everywhere, stop doing these things:

Hanging Out In The Passing Lane

The passing lane is there for a reason. It’s for passing only. In fact, several states have deemed it illegal to cruise endlessly in the left lane. If you’re driving across several states, you might as well save yourself a ticket and use the passing lane correctly. You do this by moving to the left lane to pass a slower motorist then moving back into the right lane as soon as possible. Don’t forget your blinker! Which leads us into…

Neglecting Your Turn Signal

We can’t read your mind or your GPS, hence the blinker. Use it. And here’s the thing, if you neglect your turn signal because no one is around, you’ll develop the horrible habit of neglecting it on a regular basis. Bonus tip: remember to ensure it is no longer blinking after your turn!

Riding Bumpers

Have you ever been inspired to become a better driver when someone was riding your bumper? You riding theirs will be just as unmotivational. Instead of trying to force the grandpa ahead of you to speed up, take this opportunity to correctly use the passing lane!

Getting Distracted

Here’s where all of the above applies- cruising in the passing lane because you forgot to get back over, or neglecting your turn signal because you didn’t notice that car behind you, or driving too close to another driver on accident are not legitimate excuses. Pay attention! Distracted drivers are annoying!

Blowing Through Yellow Lights

Now, there’s nothing wrong with driving through a yellow light. But if you’re blowing through when it’s practically red, you’re holding up traffic all over the place. Think of the poor guy who’s been waiting the whole green light to turn left and you almost barrel into him because you accelerated through the yellow. And then the other lanes have to wait for you and it’s just a whole mess.

Cutting People Off

You know you hate it when people do it to you. Hold your horses for just one more second and get in behind them. You’ll have one less enemy in your life and all it took was one extra second. That said, don’t be the annoying one who waits and waits and waits until you’ve created enemies out of the sixteen cars behind you. It’s all about balance here.

There’s an endless supply of pet peeves we could go on listing for years. But the fact of the matter is, there are some pet peeves that go beyond annoying and are incredibly dangerous habits. These are those pet peeves. Stop these habits for the sake of others’ sanity and everyone’s safety!