Encountering a motorist who is driving dangerously can be a frightening experience. This could include someone who is clearly intoxicated, an aggressive driver weaving in and out of traffic, or a driver who is so busy on a cell phone that he or she isn’t paying attention to the road.
Along with fright, a dangerous driver can cause anger or frustration. Responding with those emotions can make the situation even worse, so it’s important to do everything possible to avoid the driver. This could prevent an auto accident.
How to Avoid a Dangerous Driver: Create Distance
It might make sense to try to get the driver’s license plate number. But only do this with safety in mind. Pulling up too closely behind the person runs the risk of a rear-end accident.
Keeping a safe distance from someone who is driving erratically or making dangerous maneuvers – such as changing lanes without signaling or braking suddenly – could not only avoid a collision but prevent the problem from escalating.
How to Avoid a Dangerous Driver: Don’t Drive During Dangerous Times
Many people don’t realize that certain times of the day or days of the week are especially dangerous on the road. For instance, weekends and late at night tend to be a common time when someone is more likely to encounter a dangerous driver.
According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, statistics from 2011 show that most crashes occurred on Friday. But Saturdays and Sundays saw more fatal collisions. Between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sundays was the deadliest time followed by 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturdays.
How to Avoid a Dangerous Driver: Call the Police
When someone’s driving puts others at risk, it’s time to call the authorities. Have someone else call 9-1-1 or pull over to make the call. Provide as many details about the vehicle as possible, including the license plate number if able to get it.
Meanwhile, if another driver who is driving recklessly or carelessly injures you, seek legal help. Consult Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-4878.