It can be terrifying to share the road with someone who is driving erratically. Unfortunately, reckless drivers are on the road every day putting pedestrians, bikers and other drivers at risk. They are impossible to avoid but you can do your best to stay out of their way.
What signs should you look for?
Driving too fast or slow
Speeding is a great indication that someone is a reckless driver. When you see a car coming up fast in your rearview mirror, let them pass you.
Driving too slow is also a sign of reckless driving. The driver might be intoxicated, distracted by their phone or simply not paying attention. Keep yourself and other drivers safe by always traveling with the flow of traffic; maintain the speed limit if traffic is light. If you are stuck behind someone who is traveling too slow, it’s annoying but maintain a safe distance and pass them when you can.
Excessive lane changing
Look out for drivers who weave or “zig-zag” through traffic. Stay as far away from them as possible, this is an accident waiting to happen.
If someone is tailgating you; stay calm, make sure your speed is keeping with the flow of traffic and hope they pass you. Chances are they just want to get in front of you, so give them the opportunity when you can.
Ignoring traffic lights and signs
Be aware of drivers who roll through stop signs and fail to yield for pedestrians. When a driver carelessly ignores traffic signs, it’s likely they won’t be paying attention to your car on the road either. They are following their own agenda and it’s better to stay out of their way and hope a cop witnesses their reckless behavior. If you fear they might be drunk or pose a safety risk to themselves and other drivers. Call the police and take down their license plate number and the color, make and model of their car.
Cutting people off
Being cut off can be scary and maddening at the same time. When someone pulls out in front of you, whether they’re changing lanes or turning, it will force a reaction which may lead to slamming on your breaks.
If you see someone else being cut off by an aggressive driver, do the best you can to keep your distance.
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