We’ve all seen drivers who do things that—let’s be frank—really irritate us. They’re inconsiderate, can put people in danger and make the road a much less friendly place. They really “T” us off. These are the bad drivers who fit their description to a “T.”
- The Tailgater. You’ve seen this terrible driver who follows a few inches off the bumper of the vehicle ahead. We all know what’s going to happen if the driver ahead of the tailgater has to slam on the brakes. And we’ve all been that driver followed by the tailgater, whose vehicle fills up your entire rearview mirror. The tailgater is likely not in a great frame of mind and, thanks to his or her stupid driving practices, the “tailgatee” is getting pretty ticked off as well. That’s a formula for a big problem. Know anybody who respects or likes a tailgater? Didn’t think so
- The Texter. All sorts of people think they are perfectly capable of texting while driving. It’s not hard to spot them. They’re usually going more slowly than other drivers. They may be weaving in and out of their lane. They’re looking down at their phone, not at the road. At a stoplight, they’re the ones who sit there for 30 seconds after the light has turned green. Did you know a recent study found that a quarter of all accidents involve someone who is texting and driving?
- The Trasher. Their window goes down and the trash flies out. They treat anything outside their vehicle as their personal garbage dump. They finish up a cigarette and flick their butt out, leaving dozens a day for the rest of us to “admire.” The Trasher has been around for a long time. It’s time for them to clean up their act.
- The Turn-signal Troublemaker. They don’t think they need to use turn signals because THEY know where THEY’RE going and no other driver needs that information. They change lanes without any warning. Or they made their move minutes earlier and have “forgotten” to turn off their signal. Use those turn signals wisely and carefully. And if you’re not using your turn signals because they’re not operating correctly? Get ’em fixed!