You must share the road with other drivers. On your own, you could be the safest, most careful driver in the state of Texas. You could drive defensively, follow every traffic law and constantly go out of your way to reduce the risks. But you can never eliminate them entirely, because there are other unsafe drivers on the road with you, and you always have to contend with the dangers they create.
One way to attempt to stay safe is to identify different types of unsafe driving. You can then stay far away from drivers who exhibit these behaviors. Here are five of the most dangerous driver behaviors:
- Tailgating: Drivers should always keep a following distance of around three seconds. Anything less than this is tailgating and increases the odds of an accident, even when it’s done accidentally.
- Speeding: Following the speed limit both reduces the odds of a crash and potentially reduces the severity of injuries in an accident. However, most people break the speed limit on a consistent basis.
- Distracted driving: Distraction takes many forms, from sending a text to adjusting the mirrors to listening to the radio. It’s all dangerous when it means someone isn’t watching the road.
- Drunk driving: Even people who think they are “buzzed” may really be drunk drivers. They often think they can drive safely up until the moment that they cause an accident.
- Aggressive driving: Aggression takes many forms, and it may involve speeding and tailgating, both of which are noted above. It can also include risky, improper passing and other reckless actions.
If you see anyone who is engaging in these types of behavior, it is wise to remove yourself from the situation. For instance, you can allow a speeding tailgater to pass or you can change lanes to keep your distance from someone who is clearly distracted by their phone.
That said, these drivers can and do cause accidents that you can’t avoid. If you suffer serious injuries in such a crash, make sure you are well aware of the legal options you have to seek compensation.