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How to spot reckless driving

On Behalf of | May 15, 2020 | Firm News |

People often underestimate how much damage reckless driving can do. One of the keys to defensive driving is locating a reckless driver before they cause a significant accident. Knowing the signs of these drivers can help save lives.

While everyone has the potential to be reckless, drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have the highest rates of accidents. A safe driver only needs to keep aware of other drivers to increase the chances of avoiding a collision.

Know the signs

There are many ways someone can recklessly drive along any road. Here are some of the most common signs of dangerous driving:

  • Swerving: if a driver is not focused, their car may begin to drift into another lane. Once they realize their mistake, a driver may overcorrect their behavior, causing them to lose control of their vehicle and crash into a guard rail or another driver.
  • Multitasking: reckless drivers will try to sneak in minor tasks into their driving routine. Activities like eating, touching up makeup, checking a phone, or reaching for something in the back seat can all cause a car to drive into another lane or a ditch.
  • Speeding: a speeding driver can come out of nowhere in the eyes of other drivers. Speeding also gives a driver less time to react to unexpected obstacles in the road like a sharp turn or an animal carcass.
  • Erratic speed: If a driver is not paying attention to the road, chances are they are not paying attention to their driving. A driver may wind up going considerably above or below the speed limit. Correcting this error can result in a driver losing control of their vehicle.

These are only a few of the signs of bad reckless or negligent driving. There is very little a person can do to change a person’s driving on while on the road, which is why it is up to safe drivers to protect themselves from other’s actions.

Stay vigilant

A reckless driver does not need an appointment to endanger the lives of other drivers and their passengers. Keep a sharp eye on any unusual behavior to avoid needless accidents.