Distracted drivers can cause lifelong and catastrophic injuries with their reckless and negligent behavior. The best way to avoid getting into one of these accidents is by recognizing the signs of a distracted driver before they cause a life-changing accident. So, what are the signs of distracted driving?
Distracted driving is especially prevalent during the “100 deadliest days of summer.” The time from Memorial Day to Labor Day sees a significant increase in car accidents and deaths due to distracted drivers. These are some of the most common signs a driver is not paying attention to the road:
When drivers are not paying attention to how they are driving, they may apply too much or too little pressure on the gas. Whether the change in speed is sudden or slow, there is a good chance the reckless driver did not notice.
Drifting into other lanes
Like speeding, distractions can keep a driver from noticing they are doing anything wrong. Cell phones, eating while driving, or fixing their appearance can prevent someone from seeing that they are drifting into another lane or off the road entirely. When a driver does notice this issue, they may result in overcorrecting their mistake, and jolting into another lane and causing an accident.
Heads not facing the road
If you can see that a driver has their head turned downwards, they are likely looking at their phone instead of the road. If the driver is turned to face another seat, they may be looking for something or dealing with a passenger. On the highway, even a few seconds of not looking at the road is equivalent to driving blindfolded for hundreds of yards.
What can I do when I spot a distracted driver?
If you suspect another driver of being distracted, allow them to pull ahead of you. Speeding ahead of a distracted driver may startle them into losing control of their vehicle and causing an accident. Continue to keep tabs on the driver to watch out for any accidents they may cause to recognize if they are still threatening other drivers on the road.