Types of Drivers You’ll Encounter on the Road

Sep 5, 2019 by

When I first got my driver’s license, I was both excited and terrified. Excited at the prospect of freedom, and terrified that I would be involved in a serious accident with another. There wasn’t much I could do except to make sure I was a proactive driver and not a reactive one.

The difference between proactive drivers and reactive drivers is that proactive drivers drive more defensively and take those few extra steps to ensure their safety. Part of being a proactive driver was making sure that I knew about the most dangerous types of drivers out there. Here are the top three drivers that any defensive driver should keep their eye on when driving.

  • #1: The Busy Bee

The Busy Bee is someone who is very clearly in a rush. They’re the person constantly weaving in and out of traffic, often switching lanes every couple of seconds because they cannot afford to be behind one more car. Busy Bees can often be found going a couple of miles over the speed limit and waiting until the last minute to signal a lane change.

If you’re behind a Busy Bee, give them the space that they so desperately need. You never know when they’re going to change lanes, and there’s a good chance they won’t give themselves enough room to change properly, leading to an inconvenient fender-bender.

  • #2: Grandma

Grandma drivers are the antithesis to the Busy Bee. They tend to drive a good ten miles under the speed limit and signal a few blocks from where they intend to turn. While being a cautious driver is always a good sign, these drivers can slow down the flow of traffic which can be just as dangerous as speeding.

If you’re caught behind a Grandma, try not to get angry at their low speeds and overly-cautious driving. If you can safely get ahead of them, then that absolves the issue completely. Of course, make sure that you’re not recklessly swerving through traffic like the Busy Bee! It’s better to be stuck behind a slow driver than cause an accident trying to evade one.

  • #3: Drunk Dave

Without a doubt, Drunk Dave is the most dangerous driver you’ll hopefully never encounter on the road. They’ve consumed too much alcohol and are generally more careless on the road, and have extremely reduced reaction times.

If you see someone you think is a drunk driver, give them ample room and make sure there is a local authority around who can help fix the dangerous situation. Truslow & Truslow advise drivers to be on the lookout for someone who is drifting from lane to lane and making illegal turns. Those are the major indicators of a drunk driver.

We’ve all been a Busy Bee at one point and most of us started out as Grandmas, but we should all do our part to never be a Drunk Dave. If you’re going out, leave the keys at home or only have one or two drinks.

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