Signs That Someone Is a Bad Driver

Bad Driver

We all like to think that we are pinnacles of perfection when behind the wheel, slipping seamlessly in and out of traffic with ease and dexterity. But we also know that there are some truly terrible drivers out there.

Take a look below to see a few signs of bad driving that might ring some bells.

1) Your brakes are always shot.

If your local mechanic is always commenting on the deplorable state of your brakes, or your brakes start squeaking and squealing after only a few months with a new car, then you’re probably engaging in some pretty bad driving habits.

Everything from riding your brake pedal because you’re being overly cautious or constantly hitting your brakes because you’re going too fast can lead to quick brake degeneration. See more about proper brake maintenance here!

QUICK FIX: Work to use your brakes more sparingly. When driving on the highway (in none rush-hour traffic), you should rarely need to use your brakes if you’re going the proper speed and keeping a steady pace with traffic.

2) You do your make-up or eat your breakfast behind the wheel.

The only thing you should be doing when driving is driving. Talking on the phone, texting, putting on your make-up or even eating are all signs of someone being a bad driver. All of these behaviors are also some of the most common causes of accidents.

According to the CDC, “In 2013, 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.”

QUICK FIX: Plan your day ahead of time so that you have plenty of time to get ready and eat your meals at home. Also, teach yourself and your younger drivers to put their phones down while on the road. Trust us, it will save lives.

3) You’re always being tailgated in the left lane.

Constant tailgating is a very big sign of bad driving and should be avoided, but if you find yourself constantly being tailgated by someone while driving in the left lane, then you might want to start recognizing that the problem might not lie with the other drivers.

Slow driving, or “cruising,” in the left lane can be a very dangerous thing, causing backups and accidents on the highway that can largely be avoided. You should never be in the left lane for longer than it takes to pass a slower driver, so keep that in mind the next time you’re headed into work.

QUICK FIX: If you’re more comfortable going a few miles under the speed limit, or the speed limit exactly, then always stay in the far right lane. In some states now, you can be ticketed for going too slow in the left lane, so just keep to the right and everything should be fine.

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