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Spotting Bad Drivers And Protecting Yourself From Them

Bad drivers are everywhere, rushing around making life for other road users hell. They come in all sizes, and both genders are guilty of driving without consideration for their fellow road users. There are many reasons why some people feel the need to forget the rules of the road and drive as if they own it. However, none of those reasons are valid because, at the end of the day, vehicles should be treated as weapons on wheels. A nasty driver can cause accidents, other drivers to become nervous and young, inexperienced drivers to freeze in a panic. If you react with just your emotions to someone who is very inconsiderate toward you on the road, you’ll be involved in a road rage incident before you know it. The proper way to deal with bad drivers is to spot them quickly. You should be treating them like hazards, and take the correct, reactionary and calculated actions to stop yourself from getting involved with them, in any way.

Spotting Bad Drivers

The poor overtakers

Some drivers just cannot control their heavy foot and constantly speed around everywhere. It doesn’t matter if they’re on a small residential road with children playing, or narrow, twisty roads in the countryside. These drivers are overtly confident that they’re better drivers than everyone else and feel they have superior car control. They will try to overtake you at any time, even around blind corners putting you, themselves and the oncoming driver’s life at risk.

You can easily spot these types. If you see a car behind you, edging to and over the middle line separating the two lanes, they’re looking for their chance to speed past you. If they overtake you at the wrong point, it’s almost inevitable; they will try to swerve back into your lane and possibly cause a major accident. It’s best just to let these drivers go, but, make sure you do it on a straight part of the road, with clear visibility. Wave them on by and allow them to speed off. Sometimes the only way to protect yourself is after the fact. If you’re hurt by having to veer off the road to avoid a collision or if you’re bumped off the road, pick the right attorney to partner with if you were injured in a car accident. If you’ve suffered even minor injuries, such as sprains, bruises or lacerations, you’re within your rights, to seek out that dangerous driver and make them pay for your suffering.

The incompetent

They may mean well, but some drivers don’t belong behind the wheel, even if they’re not posing an open threat to your safety. Some drivers just have poor steering control and find even the most basic functions of being on the road, difficult. They may brake later than usual, despite having ample time to stop behind a line at the traffic lights, or stop sign. They may signal too late before turning. They may not look in their mirrors before switching lanes, again, even while going the speed limit or slower.

If you spot any of these signs, it’s best not to get trapped behind them. Get in front of the driver and put a bit of distance between yourself and them. Make sure to give them plenty of room, when you pass them. Most incompetent drivers are young, nervous teenagers, or the elderly.

The highway maniacs

Certain drivers on the motorway just don’t seem to care, that they’re going incredibly fast, and they should be alert at all times. They may be on their phone, and not pay attention to what’s in front of them. This causes their braking reactions to slow down, increasing the chances of a rear end collision. Some drivers will actively, tailgate the car in front to intimidate the driver to move out of their way, even if you’re going the correct speed. Others will cut you off and have no problem, switching all three lanes from side to side.

When you spot a car, swerving in short erratic bursts, this is a sign of impatience. If you see the driver in front, to the rear, or either side, keep looking down at their lap, they may be looking at their phone, but either way, they’re distracted. If you see a driver switching lanes without signaling or tailgating, they’re a bully. When you spot these signs, try to stay away from this person as much as possible. Switch lanes or slow down a little and let them pass you. It’s better to release them, rather than allow them to be driving near or around you.

Always be on the lookout for drivers that could cause you harm, and take the proper evasive actions well in advance. Keep your eyes peeled and stay calm even while those around you aren’t. Reaction time is key to keeping out of trouble, so if you spot any of these drivers, don’t hesitate or wait until the end of the road to act.

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