Being on the road with a reckless driver can be overwhelming. Drivers who drive beyond the speed limit, violate traffic laws, change lanes unsafely, run the red light and stop signs, drag race or are distracted can cause an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), factors that may contribute to such behaviors are running late, traffic congestion, anonymity, disregard for others, the law and habitual behavior.
If a reckless driver is near you, it will help to avoid them to protect yourself. Here are three ways you can do that:
1. Maintain concentration
Undoubtedly, it can be hard to focus on the road when the driver next to you is racing or changing lanes as they wish. You may get angry and try to warn them of their behavior, in which case you may have to look outside to pass your information. However, this takes your concentration off the road, which is equally dangerous. You should maintain concentration until you are in a position to pull over safely.
2. Keep a safe distance
You should keep a safe distance between your car and that of the aggressive driver. The distance should be more than you would normally keep so you can make the right calls when they make a reckless move.
3. Let them pass you by
If a driver is moving towards you at an excessive speed, give them space to pass you. Increasing your speed or blocking them may lead to more aggressive behaviors. Although their action may be wrong, flashing your lights or sounding your horn may not be the best option at the moment as they can crash into you.
Reckless driving has caused a high number of accidents. If you are injured by such a driver, learn more about your case to get maximum compensation.