How to spot bad drivers and avoid crashes

It has never been more important to look out for bad drivers and potentially dangerous driving situations. Distractions are omnipresent in nearly every vehicle – phones, dashboards with interactive features, eating and more. You don’t want to be a crash victim.

To avoid a crash with a distracted, aggressive or downright bad driver, it’s crucial to be alert when traveling in the 614, throughout Ohio and beyond.

Seven signs of bad drivers

Below are indicators that drivers of other vehicles are not giving the road their full attention.

1. A car or truck that does not have its headlights on when the conditions or time of day warrant it.

If you drive in the early evening, it’s likely you will see vehicles that do not have their lights on. The odds are good that the driver is not paying close attention to his or her driving.

2. Looking down while driving.

You probably see this one with frightening frequency. Of course, these are people who are using their phones while driving.

3. Drivers who are slow to react when traffic signals turn green.

This behavior is closely related to looking down while driving. The driver is probably using a phone.

4. Drivers who “tailgate.”

These are aggressive drivers who follow too closely behind the vehicle that is in front of them. Do you remember the three-second rule that you learned in drivers’ education? Well, tailgaters do not understand or care how risky it is to be a mere fraction of a second away from rear-ending you.

5. Drivers who use the right lane to pass.

These are ultra-aggressive drivers – people who are likely to put their speed above the safety of other drivers.

6. Vehicles that move very slowly.

These drivers sometimes can be more dangerous than speeders. Slow drivers – either on two-lane roads or highways – can cause traffic to back up and create hazardous situations. If it’s safe to do so, put that vehicle in your rearview mirror.

7. Crossing the lines.

This one can be scary. It’s the vehicle that glides or swerves into other lanes or onto the shoulder. It’s likely the driver is either impaired or distracted. What happens after the swerve? Often, it’s a sudden over-correction and a crash.

Have you been injured in the 614?

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer who will protect your interests. Call us now and speak with an attorney for free. We are your 614-LAW-FIRM.