I’ve never met anyone who says they’re a bad driver. Maybe they admit it half-jokingly after they run a red light. But they don’t mean it.
Yet there are bad drivers out there. A lot of them. More than 1 million people die in traffic accidents every year, according to the World Health Organization. Collisions leave 20 million to 50 million motorists injured or disabled.
Are you an accident waiting to happen? How do you know – and what should you do if you are a bad driver? Since we’re in the middle of the busy holiday driving season, these are questions worth asking.
What are the signs you’re a bad driver?
Are you paying attention? If you aren’t, you might be a bad driver.
“Your vehicle should have 100% of your attention, especially in this crazy environment in which we drive every day,” says Mike McGovern, chief instructor at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School in Chandler, Arizona. “You’re a good driver if you’re following the rules – wearing your seat belt, not running red lights or drinking and driving or talking on the phone while you’re driving. You’re concentrating on managing your vehicle.”