Four Driving Myths, Debunked

holding wheel at 10 and 2When it comes to safe driving, there are many voices of authority. While they usually mean well, they aren’t always right.

Certain myths about driving have been around for years and continue to be believed today. We are here to set the record straight.

Four Bogus Driving Rules

  1. Hands Free Headsets Are Safe: Conversations are what kill, not the physical act of holding a phone. While hands-free devices are safer, phone conversations are a serious distraction that makes you four times more likely to crash.
  2. You Need to be Driving 10 MPH Over the Speed Limit to Get a Ticket: The fact is, even if you exceed the speed limit by 1 mile per hour, there is a chance that you will get a speeding ticket. This is a good thing, though. Research shows that as speed limits increase, so do fatalities. Also, when speed limits are well-enforced, the number of crashes subsides.
  3. Keep Your Hands at 10 and 2 O’Clock: Experts actually recommend keeping your hands at 9 and 3. While 10 and 2 was once touted as the safest position, this makes you likely to smack yourself in the face if your airbags are ever deployed.
  4. Red Cars Have Higher Insurance Rates: Many insurance companies don’t even ask for your car’s color. There is another common misconception that says red cars get more speeding tickets than other colors, but that simply isn’t true. Anyone who speeds is susceptible to being ticketed.

At Direct Paint and Collision, we’re happy to debunk these myths, especially since some perpetuate dangerous habits.

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