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Speed demons – There’s always the instance where one driver – or several traveling together in a group – decides they’re going to use the freeway as a high-speed race or demonstrate their skill at navigating in and around the rest of traffic. Ever see one of these on the road and wonder where the cops are? Sometimes, you see such an irresponsible driver pulled off by law enforcement later on down the road, but not nearly enough to stop such behavior. Not only do they take enormous risks, they jeopardize the lives of everyone on the road around them.
Last-minute maneuvers – Going along the freeway (or surface streets, but mostly freeways) and suddenly deciding it’s time to exit, this stupid driver behavior usually results in the driver careening across several lanes – and dangerously close to other drivers. Hard braking by other drivers to avoid accidents and pile-ups doesn’t faze the culprit who continues on his or her way, usually oblivious to the mayhem caused by their last-minute maneuver. Chances are, if they’ve done this once, they’ve done it many times. Makes you want to have their mother give them a good talking-to – or, better yet, have the police nap them.
Drunk and drugged driving – Undoubtedly the most dangerous driver behavior is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Where to begin with what’s wrong with this type of stupid driver behavior? Poor judgment, overconfidence in abilities, poor motor control, slowed reflexes, impaired thought processes, falling asleep or passing out behind the wheel, driving too fast or too slow, weaving in and out of traffic, veering into oncoming traffic or other lanes… The only way to protect yourself against one of these drivers when you see them on the road is to call 911, keep a wide berth, or get out of the way. Note: you can use your cellphone when driving to contact police in emergencies. If you have hands-free navigation, OnStar, or Sync in Ford vehicles such as Focus, Fusion, Explorer and others as well as in Lincoln and Mercury products, or one of the Infotainment systems from other automakers, it’s easy to alert the authorities safely.
Got more examples of driver behavior that drives you crazy? Post your comments below.
For more in-depth coverage of distracted driving (i.e., texting), see Bengt Halvorson’s article on the ‘Faces’ Campaign in The Car Connection and John Voelcker's piece on teen texting and driving in The Car Connection. Also check out “Driving and Drug Use: A Fatal Combination” in Family Car Guide. And don't miss Richard Read's article, "Top 5 States for Speeders" in The Car Connection.
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