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Everyone makes a few mistakes from time to time. But, kicking bad driving habits can save you money. You may be able to avoid fines for a ticket. You may also be able to keep your auto insurance rates low. How can you kick those habits you are not proud of?

#1: Pay Attention to What Is Around You

Nearly all accidents occur because of some level of distraction. For instance, a driver might not have seen another car pull out in front of them. Or maybe they didn't see a tree and hit it. No matter the details, being a vigilant driver can help you avoid costly mistakes. Avoiding accidents of any type can prevent your insurance rates from rising.

#2: Using Your Phone While Driving

Texting, reading a message, looking at social media or talking on a cell phone while driving all represent high-risk situations. It is hard to put off looking at your messages. But, even when you stop at a traffic light, you should avoid touching your phone. Doing so can help you avoid life-threatening situations.

#3: Speeding

Everyone is busy. You have a lot to do in a single day. You may think driving five or ten miles over the limit can help you avoid a few red lights and get you where you need to be sooner. It is unlikely that will happen in most cases. Speeding of any type is dangerous and could put you and your loved ones at risk.

#4: Not Signaling Before You Turn

Signaling when turning or changing lanes helps keep you safe. It also ensures other drivers know what your plans are. This can help to minimize accidents. It also can reduce the risks of angering other drivers trying to get around you. Turn on your signal about half a block from when you need to turn.

#5: Driving Drowsy

When you need sleep, avoid driving. Being even a bit sleepy behind the wheel can limits your body's reaction time. It can create a situation in which you simply cannot react soon enough to avoid an accident. You are also likely to speed when tired.

Can you improve your driving habits? Making a concerted effort to do so can help you save your life. It can also help to keep your car insurance rates lower.

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