You can’t always keep your distance from dangerous drivers. Someone in the oncoming lanes could start texting and drift over the centerline. There’s nothing you can do. However, there are plenty of times that you can spot a dangerous driver in advance, and that’s when you want to put a safety buffer zone between the two of you.
For instance, if someone starts tailgating you, it’s best to let them pass. You can do this on an interstate by switching lanes and on a two-lane road by safely pulling over to let them go by.
There are different types of tailgaters. Some are angry, some are in a hurry, and some are just oblivious. It doesn’t matter which type you’re near. You just want to let them pass so you don’t have to drive near them.
Another dangerous driver is one who is intoxicated. You may see them swerving all over the road, hitting the brakes for no reason, or almost drifting off of the road and only catching it at the last second.
These drivers are unpredictable and very dangerous. The best thing to do is to back off, keep your distance, and call the police. If you can, relay the license plate number and other such information — but do not do it at risk of an accident.
Staying alert and focused is the best way to drive safely. You can spot these risky drivers in advance and avoid accidents. Unfortunately, as noted above, there is no guarantee it will always work or that they will never hit you. If you get injured, you need to know how to seek compensation.