Types of Dangerous Drivers Motorists Should AvoidFebruary 12, 2019
Despite every effort you take to follow the rules of the road, and avoid things such as drinking and driving, texting while driving, or other unsafe driving behaviors, you cannot control how other people drive and the irresponsible choices they make when operating a motor vehicle. Fortunately, many of today’s cars are equipped with accident avoidance technology that can help avoid or lessen the severity of a car accident. However, this technology does not prevent drivers from making dangerous decisions while driving, increasing the risk of serious car accidents.
Always be aware of your surroundings when you are driving, and if you notice the following types of drivers, change lanes and put distance between you and the other driver.
- Rubberneckers: These are people who slow down when approaching an accident so they can see what happened. While it is human nature to be curious about what happened, particularly if the accident involved multiple vehicles and potentially serious injuries, slowing down can put other motorists in danger. To avoid a rubbernecker, keep your distance from any driver who appears to be driving slowly and erratically.
- Drowsy Drivers: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of Americans do not obtain enough sleep, which means that there are drowsy drivers on the road at any given time. Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell if another driver is drowsy, but there are common signs to look for, including erratic movement, swerving in and out of lanes, and driving too close to the side of the road.
- Aggressive Drivers: Road rage is an extreme form of aggressive driving and can become dangerous if you engage with the aggressive driver. Keep your distance and avoid a confrontation. If an aggressive driver starts to tailgate you, follow you, or show any other signs of aggression, call the police and get to the closest police station.
- Teen Drivers: The CDC also reports that teen drivers have a higher accident rate than older drivers. More than 2,000 teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 were fatally injured in car accidents in 2015, and an additional 235,000 were injured. Parents should model good driving habits, including putting the phone away and obeying the rules of the road. Also, it is best to limit the number of passengers allowed in the vehicle as there is a greater risk of an accident when there are more passengers in the vehicle.
- Drunk Drivers: About 29 people are fatally injured each day in drunk driving accidents in this country. To avoid a drunk driver, steer clear of any motorist that seems to be swerving or shows any other signs of intoxication.
- Drivers Using Their Phones: It is all too common to look at other drivers and see them talking, texting, or checking social media on their phones. Just a few seconds of your attention away from the road can have devastating consequences. Wait to use the phone until you can pull over to a safe spot.
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