Posted : 02/01/2010
You might have the urge to give them a piece of your mind - or a part of your hand. But think twice before you act rash. Because not only are these types of drivers aggravating - they're dangerous.
There's nothing that gets our blood boiling faster than a weaving car caused by someone chatting on a cell phone - or worse, texting a friend. The urge: pass them fast and furious and don't look back.
The better move? Keep your distance and keep your eyes open. Studies show that driver distractions - engaging in activities that take your concentration away from the road - are one of the main causes of accidents for drivers 18 to 34. In fact, 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver distraction, according to a 2005 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
How often have you found yourself in this situation? You're waiting at an intersection, ready to make a right hand turn, but there's a car coming down the road. You wait and wait and wait and wait and then - at the last minute - the driver flips on his blinker and turns on your street. Erg! So frustrating! You could have turned HOURS ago.
At least it feels that way. But you were right to wait. There's no knowing what the other driver is going to do. And there are plenty of instances when a driver has his blinker on but doesn't make the turn. If you turn first, not only are you bound to end up in a crash - you might even get cited.
Green Means Go
Then there are those people who stay put when the traffic light turns green. When you're ready to go, you're ready to go. To be behind some distracted driver who doesn't realize it's time to go, go, go Well, it can be nerve wracking.
But before you zip around the car in a brief fit of road rage, realize you might not know the whole story. Maybe there's someone crossing the street in front of them - someone you didn't notice. If so - and if you buzz around them - you risk running them over.
Best move? Count to five then give your horn a little tap to wake the driver up. If they don't move right away, just assume it's best for everyone to wait.
They're just ahead of you on the highway and want to merge into your lane. At least that's what their continuously blinking blinker suggests.
You might decide to hit the gas and zip on up on them, but consider this first. They may merge. And if they're not looking, bad news for both of you.
Big Cars, Slippery Ice
For whatever reason, some drivers who sit behind the wheel of big four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs seem to believe ice will have no effect on their monster trucks. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. Ice is slippery - period.
If you see these folks cruising at top speed on a snowy, icy road - keep away. It won't be long before they're getting towed out of a ditch. Don't get caught in there with them.
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