While driving on the road can be a dangerous experience in and of itself, what can make this even more dangerous is if you’re sharing the road with other drivers who don’t have their wits about them or aren’t mentally or physically fit to be behind the wheel. If and when this happens, knowing what you can do to keep yourself and others safe can save countless lives.
To show you how to do this, here are three tips for being on the road with reckless drivers.
Report Drivers You Suspect of Being Under the Influence
One of the most dangerous things a person can do while driving is to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But sadly, people do take part in this type of behavior all the time, and police officers aren’t always there to stop them.
If you’re driving down the road and you suspect another driver near you of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Kaz Weida, a contributor to SafeWise.com, advises that you should call 911 and report them. While you’re reporting this behavior, make sure you can tell the police what the car and driver look like and where you’re seeing this take place. Additionally, you’ll also want to tell the police exactly what you saw take place so they can determine if this person is likely under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the first place.
Keep Your Distance
When you see someone driving recklessly on the road, the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to keep your distance from this driver.
According to DriversEducationUSA.com, the first thing you should do to keep your distance is to slow down so that this driver is in front of you. Once they have passed you, make sure you continue to stay a safe way behind the driver so that you can have enough time to react to whatever happens ahead of you as a result of this driver’s recklessness.
Don’t Take the Right of Way
Because you can’t really even know if any given car on the road is going to be driving recklessly, AAA shares that one thing you can do to protect yourself is to never attempt or assume to take the right of way unless you can tell that the other drivers on the road are giving it to you. Even if you legally have the right of way, it’s much better to be safe on the road and avoid a car accident than to allow yourself to get in a car accident simply because you knew you were right to take the right of way.
If you’re wanting to do a better job of keeping yourself and other safe on the road, consider using the tips mentioned above to stay safe around potentially reckless drivers.
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