The Best Way to Avoid Dangerous Aggressive or Careless Drivers and Traffic Accidents

To keep yourself safe, there’s just one thing you need to know.

The other day I spotted a dangerous driver. I barely had a chance to glance at him as he sped past me in the left lane on a two-lane road where the speed limit was only 60km/h. I slowed down in the right lane, swerving reflexively to my right to make sure he wouldn’t sideswipe me as he passed. Then I noticed him up ahead, weaving back and forth from lane to lane, still travelling at breakneck speed. I continued to track him as he disappeared in front of a truck and then reappeared at a light.

My first thoughts were: “Is he drunk?” “How could anyone drive like that?”   Then another part of my brain answered: “Oh, don’t be so judgmental. You don’t know his life.” I craned my neck to see if he had crashed into anyone yet or if, mercifully, a police officer had pulled him over.

You only have control over yourself. The rest is up to someone else.

Motor vehicle accidents are terrible occurrences; whether they are a simple fender-bender or a serious traffic collision. They disrupt our daily lives, cause emotional stress, put a heavy load of financial obligations on our shoulders, re-arrange our planned agendas, and in worse-case scenarios, cause serious physical and mental injuries, trauma, and fatalities.

The best way to avoid being a victim of a traffic accident or car wreck is to learn how to drive defensively and safely at all times. You cannot control what others do, or the decisions they make behind the wheel of a car, but you can control your behaviours and habits while on the road. Practising defensive and alert driving can better prepare you for negligent and reckless drivers around you.

I wonder how many accidents and road rage incidents could be avoided if we all just realized that while we can’t control the other dangerous drivers, we do have the power to control ourselves. Yes, some accidents are unavoidable. Yes, there are many annoying and unsafe drivers out there. We need to avoid those drivers or report them to people who can help. For our part, we could choose to ignore a rude driver. We could resist taking the actions of other drivers personally. We could refrain from making obscene gestures, shouting, or raising our fists. Instead, we could take a deep breath and even with the other driver well, as this blog suggests.

Driving Safety

Of course, the most important reminder for safe driving is always to wear your seatbelt and obey all traffic signs, signals, and laws. Making sure you and your passengers are legally and securely strapped in their seats is the most important rule to driving. Without proper safety harnesses and belts, passengers and drivers can be ejected from their vehicles in a serious motor vehicle accident. This usually causes immediate fatalities. Wearing a seat belt can prevent serious complications from whiplash, prevent injuries to the head, and much more.

Always wear your seat belt no matter how good of a driver you claim to be. It is not always yourself that can cause an accident, it is others on the road. This is why defensive driving practice is so important. Of course, you can trust your own decisions, but you cannot control how others drive around you. What you can control is how you react to reckless or careless drivers. Here are some safety tips and reminders for safer driving, and navigating around other seemingly negligent drivers on the road:

Concentrate and Focus

Always remain alert behind the wheel of your vehicle and constantly scan the road for reckless or aggressive drivers. Staying focused allows you to stay on track with road signs, signals, construction zones, and more. It will also allow you to see other drivers making reckless decisions before you approach their vicinity, and react ahead of time; which then allows you to better navigate around them and avoid a traffic accident. When you are in your car and driving, this shouldn’t just be your top priority, it should be your only priority. This means no multitasking behind the wheel.

Distracted driving is one of the top causes of fatal car crashes each year. Texting, phone calls, applying makeup, handing items to children in the back, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and more are all common reasons why drivers wreck their vehicles and kill either themselves, their passengers, or other innocent bystanders and drivers. Stop this behaviour if you are guilty! You do not have the right to put other innocent people in jeopardy because you believe you can multitask behind the wheel of a car.

Never Tailgate

Road rage is quite common among people with anger control issues or those who are consistently in a hurry to get from point A to point B, without regard for other drivers. And sometimes, people just like to drive fast and erratically. You cannot always predict what the driver in front of you is going to do, and you cannot always see what’s in front of the driver in front of you. For this reason, it is important to never tailgate or drive closely to someone’s tail-end. If they suddenly brake for a flock of geese crossing the road, you might not have enough time to react and stop; subsequently slamming into the person’s bumper. This can cause several injuries to the passengers and drivers in both vehicles, and result in costly insurance claims and automotive repairs.

Obey Speed Limits

This is a no-brainer. Speeding causes accidents that could have otherwise been avoided. Speed limits are set for a reason, and should always be obeyed no matter what. When a driver is speeding, they are putting themselves and others in a dangerous situation. High speeds reduce a driver’s ability to control the vehicle, and the slightest over-correction or move can send a speeding vehicle out of control. Speeding is almost always a variable in a motor vehicle accident or collision. It might not always be the cause of an accident, but it most certainly plays a part in many cases.

Be Well-Mannered

Being a courteous driver means you are not being an aggressive one. When another vehicle signals that they need into your lane, just let them in. Don’t be stingy about letting cars in front of you, or giving other vehicles a chance to pull out. And if another driver doesn’t let you in for some reason, let it go and move on. Failing to remain well-mannered on the road can cause other drivers to become aggressive and hostile.

Avoid Aggressive Drivers

Being cut off on the way home from a long day at work, or on your way to pick up an ill child from daycare, is quite frustrating, understandably. But these aggressive drivers should not be allowed to influence your mood for the rest of the day! When you see drivers navigating aggressively through traffic, or are noticeably in a hurry, keep your distance. Drivers like these are more likely to cause or be involved in an accident. Steering clear of dangerous drivers can reduce your chances of experiencing them. 

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