Driving through Wilmington is dangerous even at the best times. However, when you combine poor weather conditions and distracted drivers, the roads turn deadly. It only takes one second for a driver to take his eyes off the road and slam into your car while you commute to work. While the only way you can truly avoid a distracted driver is to completely stay off the roads, this is an extremely unlikely scenario.
To keep yourself and your family safe the next time you get behind the wheel, stay alert for distracted drivers. The following tips can help you spot a distracted driver before you become a victim.
Not riding in the center
If you see a car that is swerving away from the center of the lane, for instance riding too close to the lines on either side, or even crossing them, this might indicate a distracted driver. Since it is usually better to err on the side of caution, you should assume this person might be multi-tasking behind the wheel. Keep your distance from this car to avoid a possible collision.
Erratic or sudden braking
When drivers are not paying attention to the road, they may not see other vehicles ahead coming to a stop. This often leads to sudden and erratic braking. In order to avoid a wreck with this person, always follow at a safe distance. In addition, pay attention to what is happening ahead, with the cars past the one directly in front of you.
Lingering at the light
Have you ever pulled up at a stop light and when it turned green, the driver in front of you did not seem interested in moving? This usually happens because the driver is multi-tasking. You should assume that the driver is going to attempt to complete whatever task he or she was doing after accelerating through the intersection. Give this driver a wide berth to avoid an accident further down the road.
The next time you are on the road, keep the above tips in mind to reduce your risk of a wreck with a distracted driver. However, if you do become a victim, remember that you might be able to take legal action to recover the costs of medical bills and the repairs to your vehicle, as well as any other losses you suffered due to the accident.