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Many people, especially experienced drivers, view themselves as a good driver.
If they have an altercation with someone, it is obviously the other driver who is a crazy driver, who doesn’t know what they are doing and is going to be the cause of an accident. But what if it was you that was making others feel unsafe? According to Alpert Schreyer, 30 percent of drivers have felt threatened by another driver in the last month and 67 percent have felt threatened in the last year. That is a really high percentage, which means it is likely that you have done something to make others brand you a “crazy driver.” So what are some of the things you do that might scare others?
Following too close behind someone can make them nervous. While you may be confident that you can stop in time, other drivers may not be aware of that or confident in your response time. Even if you are in hurry or the car in front of you is going too slow, follow the two-second rule and stay a safe distance behind. If you really can’t stand to be behind a car, you should pass them instead of trying to force them to move over.
Using your phone is a major cause of distraction for drivers that can lead to some pretty scary driving. When you are looking at your phone screen, you aren’t looking at the road, which can cause you to tailgate others, slow down too much, swerve, or drive in an unsafe manner. Because of an aggressive campaign to educate the public, people know that driving while using their phone is dangerous, and if they see you using it, they may not only be scared of your driving but also angry that you are being reckless.
This is a common offense of a lot of people, and it can be one of the most dangerous. Turn signals are supposed to be used to indicate lane changes and turning, but so many people will change lanes without giving any prior indication. If someone is not expecting you to move over, suddenly cutting them off may be quite dangerous. At the same time, others may be looking at moving into the same spot that you are and if you don’t use your blinker, you may get in an accident.
You don't have to watch TV while driving or drive 100 mph to make other people feel unsafe around you. Some accidents are caused by three or fewer seconds of distraction or by not using your blinker properly. No matter how good of a driver you are, make sure that your habits aren’t going to be the cause of someone else’s worry.