This article will discuss specific types of dangerous motorists and what makes them dangerous. When motorists are able to recognize dangerous drivers, those motorists can put more space between their cars and the dangerous drivers’ cars. Those who will be passengers in a car should avoid putting their safety in the hands of dangerous drivers. As the idiom proclaims, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”
A car accident might not be the worst thing that can happen to drivers. Road rage can lead to many more problems.
Many of the following types of dangerous drivers are listed on pages 14-15 of the spring 2016 edition of “Good Neighbor Magazine.” The following obviously is not a complete list of dangerous drivers.
Beware of the drivers who are texting while driving. Texting while driving is now the top cause of death among teenagers.
Talking on cell phones while driving also is dangerous. In fact, in one study, cell phone conversations were found to reduce the reaction time of drivers to the same level as the reaction time of drunk drivers or very senior citizen drivers. The use of cell phones for texting while driving is illegal in many states.
Drivers with out of state license plates probably are not familiar with local driving conditions. Such ignorance can make them dangerous to themselves and to other motorists around them.
Beware of drivers who make extended eye contact with their passengers during their conversations with these passengers. Yes, it is polite to look at people with whom one is talking, but not while driving a car.
Drivers who dangerously swerve in and out of their lane without signaling their intentions also are drivers that motorists should not be near. Their swerving could be due to intoxication, sleep deprivation, or various distractions.
The drivers who are drinking cups of hot coffee are accidents waiting to happen. Unexpected braking or swerving to prevent an accident can spill the hot coffee on their bodies, and their pain reactions can cause them to lose control of their cars.
Drivers who are towing U-Haul type trailers behind their cars probably are inexperienced regarding the driving modifications needed when towing such a trailer. These drivers might ignorantly move their cars in ways that will make their trailers spin out of control.
Drivers whose heads are bobbing to the beat of their car music are distracted drivers. Their hearing probably is even more impaired than the hearing of very old drivers. Such drivers, for example, might not hear the siren of an approaching police car or ambulance.
Drivers in slow moving traffic who are using their rear view mirrors to apply makeup also are distracted drivers. These drivers are especially dangerous to those drivers who are directly ahead of them.
The “Baby on board” sign is a warning. Drivers with these signs might have screaming babies that are distracting to their driving.
A dog is man’s best friend, but not in cars. Dogs that are not restrained can roam around the cars in which they are being transported and can distract their owners from their driving. In one study, only 16% of drivers used a pet restraint.
Drivers who do not immediately know that the light has changed from red to green probably are distracted. In some cases they might be asleep. Although this distraction or even sleep is not dangerous when their cars are stationary, that distraction or sleep propensity can be deadly when their cars are in motion.
It also is important for those who are reading this article to make sure that they will not be guilty of these same driving transgressions. As George Carlin said, “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
Can you think of other types of dangerous drivers? Please comment below.