Could you be the proverbial driver from hell?
Whether you have recognised the signs that you might be or not, these are the indicators that suggest you are probably every other road users idea of a driving nightmare. Read them, heed them, and make any changes necessary, for all of our sakes!
1. You have no consideration for any other road users. You’re the king of the road, and God help anybody else who dares to get in your way. You beep impatiently at pedestrians when they’re crossing the road, you flash your lights at slow-moving drivers as they navigate ahead of you, and you have no thought for anybody who might be on two wheels, be they cyclists or motorcyclists, as you blindly make your way through the highways and byways. But here’s the thing, not only will you incur the wrath of other road users when you’re acting like you own the tarmac, but you will also attract the attention of the law, personal injury lawyers, and very likely a motorcycle accident attorney if you continue to be negligent on the roads. Our advice: grow up and start being more considerate to the people sharing the roads with you.
2. You drive when you know you shouldn’t. There are times when you really shouldn’t get behind the wheel of your car. You should know that drinking and driving is a big no-no, but have you ever knowingly driven while intoxicated? You probably realize that it’s foolish to start a long journey when you’re feeling tired, but have you ever continued on anyway, opening all the windows in an effort to stay awake? And you know that you’re only asking for trouble when you start driving when in a terrible mood, particularly if you know you are sometimes prone to road rage, but have you started driving without calming yourself down first? You will cause misery for other drivers if your driving is impaired because of any of these situations, so know when it’s time to let somebody else take the wheel if you know you are otherwise unfit to drive.
3. You are a terrible driver. Sorry to say it, but this might be true. You might not know what certain road signs mean. You may not know how to park your car properly. You might commit all manner of bad habits unconsciously, such as using your beamers instead of your normal headlights when driving at night, or forgetting to turn off your indicator after leaving a junction. How you ever passed your driving test is a miracle, not only to your instructor but also to the other drivers on the road who have to pay the consequences of your poor driving habits. Our advice is this: take another look at the Highway Code, read through your driver’s manual again, and take an advanced driving course so you can practice those difficult maneuvers.
So, are you the driver from hell? If you have recognized yourself within this article, then you should know that you probably are. Do the right thing then and follow our tips, as you may well be putting others at risk, as well as yourself, otherwise.