We all want to do our best to stay safe on the road. When someone forgoes that mindset and drives recklessly, there is not much we can do to protect ourselves other than spotting them in time to avoid them. You may not think it can happen to you, but when more than 18,000 car accidents happen every day, it pays to know the signs of a reckless driver. To defend yourself and your passengers, here are a few signs to look out for in dangerous drivers:
Trouble staying in their lane
There are plenty of ways that a driver can become reckless or negligent. Whether they are driving while under the influence, eating while driving or using their phone, the signs are typically the same. When a driver is not paying attention to their driving, they commonly have difficulties driving within their lane. This drifting can cause them to drive into oncoming traffic or into a ditch, and they can cause an accident no matter where they go.
If a car is going too slow down a road, it can be just as dangerous as if they were going too fast. A driver could be too drunk to maintain a safe speed, or they may not be paying attention to their foot on the gas pedal because of who they are talking to on the phone. No matter the case, irregular speeds can quickly turn into an accident.
Using a cell phone
Cell phones have become one of the biggest causes of car accidents. Chances are, if you spot a driver looking down toward their lap for an extended time, they are using the cell phone. At night, it is easier to spot because the light from the phone will likely light up their face. If you suspect someone is using their phone while driving, avoid going anywhere near them.
What to do when you spot a reckless driver
If you think someone is likely going to be a danger to others on the road. Allow them to gain distance ahead of you, and refrain from trying to get their attention to correct their actions. Startling a distracted driver can result in them causing an accident, so it is best just to keep your distance and keep an eye on them.