Distracted drivers are a significant danger to themselves and everyone around them on the road. Their actions have the potential to kill or injure the lives around them. When distracted drivers are so dangerous, knowing how to spot them can save lives.
Approximately 1000 people are seriously injured every day as a result of distracted driving. If other drivers can spot these dangerous neighbors on the road, it can make the highway a safer place for everyone. Recognizing the telltale signs of distracted driving can save lives.
Cell phone use
When a driver is on their phone, they commonly look downward rather than at the road. These distractions can seem like a prolonged downward glance or several glances in repetition. At night, you can also spot the glow of the phone.
Distracted drivers have a difficult time keeping in their lane. This reckless driving can appear as slight swerving or drastic lane changes. Sudden changes to speed after a speedometer and even lack of signaling can also occur when the driver distracts.
Many drivers try to sneak in a quick bite behind the wheel, or even a fast application of makeup. These distractions are enough for a driver to begin listing into another lane. When a driver is attempting to grab something out of reach, like a fallen phone, their eyes can go off the road for considerably longer than just a few seconds.
Arguing with a passenger, or even someone on the phone can cause the driver to get heated. Signs of this include wild hand gestures, drastic changes to speed, and sharp turns. If the passengers are too distracting, like crying children, the driver can also turn their heads away from the road to check on them.
Keep a vigilant watch
You cannot change how someone behaves, but you can change how you react to them. Keep a sharp eye out for dangerous behavior to prevent anyone from threatening you and your passengers.