Road rage refers to aggressive driving behaviors where an angry motorist attempts to intentionally injure another driver because of a traffic dispute. An aggressive driver will often react negatively and use his or her vehicle to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. Consequently, road rage can seriously endanger everyone on the road.
When a driver behind you paces his vehicle too close to yours, they are engaging in the risky behavior known as tailgating. This may be because:
- the driver is impatient and wants to go faster
- the driver has road rage
- the driver overestimates their driving ability
- the driver is trying to draft or slipstream behind your car
Regardless of the reason, tailgating is a form of aggressive driving that can cause accidents for which the tailgating driver would be responsible.
Rubbernecking is when a driver looks at an accident or another event along the side of the road, or in another lane of traffic. The driver removes their sight from the road in front of them, making rubbernecking a form of distracted driving. Most of us have been in traffic due to rubbernecking as drivers slow down to gaze at a wrecked car or emergency responders on the side of the road. Unfortunately, rubbernecking is more than an annoyance that causes a delay in getting to our destination. Distracted drivers can cause accidents, including rear ending or losing control of a vehicle.
Driving when fatigued or sleepy increases the chances of an auto accident for a few reasons:
- It reduces the driver's attention and focus on the road
- It reduces the driver's reaction times
- It compromises the driver's ability to make good decisions
Any of us can fall victim to drowsy driving if we have had insufficient sleep. That said, commercial truck drivers who must record log hours behind the wheel and shift workers are at higher risk of crashing their cars due to driver fatigue.
Night driving can be hazardous in part because fatigue undermines our ability to focus. Additionally, though, night vision can play a factor, whereby the driver cannot see as well in low-lighting conditions. Drivers should get regular eye exams to detect night vision problems, which typically arise and worsen with age.
Drivers have an obligation to be attentive, alert, and aware at all times.
Vehicular accidents are the number one cause of death among teens nationwide, according to Center of Disease Control statistics. Teens are more likely to speed and not recognize hazards or respond to them properly due to their minimal driving experience. Texting while driving and driving while impaired are also risky behaviors that teens engage in, putting them at greater risk for a car crash.
Poor Car Maintenance
Car owners have a duty to keep their cars in good working condition. When they fail to do so, their vehicle may break down and cause a crash. Vehicles should be inspected regularly, including brake pads and tires. Any repairs you need should also be done by a professional, rather than by an amateur who may not recognize or accurately correct mechanical issues.
Wind, rain, snow, and other types of precipitation make for hazardous road conditions. Drivers need to take care to reduce their speed, give themselves plenty of room between cars, drive defensively, and allow extra time to get to their destination in bad weather. Not taking these precautions can mean an accident for which you may be at fault.