This aggressive driving puts all other road users at risk, and what does it actually achieve in the end, apart from a fleeting sense of satisfaction?
In fact, road rage is thought to be either directly responsible for or a contributing factor in around one-third of road accidents.
While it may seem to be nothing more than a minor annoyance or a lack of good driving etiquette, failing to leave a decent gap between cars can cause accidents; if someone were to bump into the back of the car behind you, then he would have nowhere to go but straight into the trunk of your own vehicle…
Dangerous drivers don’t just pull up too close to the vehicle in front when traffic is stationary.
“Mirror, signal, maneuver” are three words that learner drivers in the UK will be used to hearing all the time, along with the warning to “check your blind spot.” The UK driving test is notoriously difficult to pass, especially when compared with the much more relaxed US test, which probably goes a long way towards explaining why so many American drivers display so many of the dangerous driver habits on this list.
One of the most universally accepted driving rules for years was that your hands should be placed on the steering wheel at ten and two, but this old rule has now been discredited, mainly because it dates from the days before airbags had been invented and when power steering was science fiction.“Check your blind spot” may be a common instruction to learner drivers, but it's also one which many motorists seem to find too easy to forget as soon as they get their hands on their license.The addition of side mirrors and rear-view mirrors in cars over the years has made it easier to eliminate this problem–so long as drivers actually remember to use them–but blind spots still exist, especially when changing lanes or backing up.Amazingly, it takes a car traveling at 70 mph over 300 feet to come to a complete stop, an impossible task for tailgaters who insist on driving barely a few feet behind the motorist in front.If that driver has to brake suddenly, tailgaters have nowhere to go but into the back of the car they’re following.Tailgating, the dangerous habit of driving too closely behind the motorist in front, is a major cause of accidents, especially on highways and interstates where cars are usually zipping along at speed.One of the most important parts of that strict UK driving test is learning about stopping distances—the distance it takes a vehicle to come to a complete stop at different speeds.Most countries don't have minimum speed limits, but you can be stopped and cited for inconsiderate driving in the UK or in the US for failing to stay right except to pass and if you're driving slow enough to hold up traffic in the middle or the fast lane of the highway.Really slow drivers cause other motorists to become frustrated, which leads to them taking risks in order to get past–either undertaking illegally or passing where it isn’t safe to do so on two-lane roads.Similarly, driving under the influence of drugs can also have a major impact on your ability behind the wheel.When most people think of driving and drugs, they immediately think of illegal drugs and those often inadvertently hilarious cop videos of failed sobriety tests, but the fact is that there are many prescription drugs that can affect your driving.