Indicators of Unsafe Driving
The following behaviors may indicate that a person's driving threatens the safety of themselves and others:
- Has difficulty following instructions and directions
- Coasts to a near stop in the midst of moving traffic
- Drifts into other lanes of traffic
- Stops abruptly without cause
- Presses simultaneously on the brake and accelerator or confuses the two pedals
- Delays changing lanes when obstacles appear
- Fails to appreciate frustration, exasperation, or irritation exhibited by other drivers toward his driving
- Does not signal when turning or changing lanes
- Has received an increasing number of driving citations or warnings
- Does not check blind spot before changing lanes
- Has accidents, near misses, or "fender benders"
- Gets lost in familiar places
- Fails to obey traffic laws, road signs, or signals
- Drives against traffic, on the wrong side of the road **
- Has difficulty seeing pedestrians, objects, and other vehicles
- Is increasingly nervous when driving
- Becomes flustered in traffic or by more aggressive drivers
- Fails to yield the right-of-way or yields the right-of-way inappropriately
- Drives significantly slower than the posted speed or general speed of other vehicles
- Turns from an improper lane or at an improper time or pace at intersections (especially when turning left)
- Straddles lanes
- Ignores or coasts through stop signs
- Backs up after missing an exit **
- Falls asleep while driving or gets drowsy
- Does not pay attention to other drivers or road hazards
- Does not react to emergency situations
** These are examples of driving behaviors that definitely indicate dangerous driving performance.
When any of these signs appear, it's time to assess the situation. Don't wait for an accident. Also, if your family member is having problems related to daily living — such as hygiene, grooming, and paying bills — he or she may also be having difficulties with driving.
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