Your safety on the road lies in the hand of all those you share the road with. Driving well yourself can make a huge difference, but others add so many variables to the situation that even expert drivers can be injured.
Observing people at the wheel can give clues about the risk they pose. If you see any of the following, you would be wise to take extra care:
The party car
It’s summer. The kids are off school, and adults may also be more celebratory than usual, thanks to the good vibes long summer days bring.
While it is great to see people enjoying themselves, it’s safer when drivers concentrate on the road. If you see a car full of people singing along to the radio, arms dancing out of the window, give them a wide berth. Even if the driver appears to be focused, their friends may distract them.
The flustered parent
Little ones fighting between themselves in the back seat, a baby crying for food, or an inquisitive child asking a million questions beginning with “why.” Driving with kids can be exasperating and make it a real struggle to stay calm and focus on what is happening outside the car.
The frustrated commuter
It’s rush hour, and they’re late. They don’t accept that it’s their fault for not getting up earlier. They see everyone else to blame for their lateness, from the driver who took a second too long to pull away at the lights to the cyclist daring to take up space on the road. Their frustration can sometimes spill over into dangerous driving.
If one of these drivers injures you in a crash, seek legal help to claim compensation.