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Everyday Examples of Reckless Driving

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Reckless driving is often seen as extremely dangerous driving practices, such as driving drunk or texting behind the wheel. But it’s likely you encounter reckless driving every morning during your commute. You may even be guilty of reckless driving. Here are a few examples of everyday occurrences of dangerous, reckless driving.


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Everyday Examples of Reckless Driving

Speed Limit Sign

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Speeding

This is the form of reckless driving most of us are guilty of. Whether you’re going 5 mph over the speed limit or 30 mph over the speed limit, you are engaging in reckless driving. While driving 70 mph in a 35 mph zone may be a little more reckless than 80 mph in a 70 mph zone, the speed limits are posted for a reason. Sharp turns, traffic patterns, or other conditions unbeknownst to you could factor into the speed limit. For everyone’s safety, slow down.

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Tailgating GIF

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Tailgating

A lot of people think the only thing that can happen with tailgating is a fender-bender. That is most certainly not the case, especially at high speeds. As you can see above, this SUV was tailgating the car in front of him. When the car pressed on the brakes, the SUV realized he couldn’t stop in time and swerved. Swerving, especially that drastically, at high speeds can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Leave adequate space between your own vehicle and the car in front of you, especially if inclement weather is involved.

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T-Bone Accident

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Running Red Lights

This should be an obvious one, but people do it all the time. If the light turns yellow and you have adequate time, stop. Even if you’re only one second after the light turns red, you could end up broadsiding someone else. If you’re sitting at a red light and it turns green, look both ways before proceeding into the intersection. This simple action can prevent an accident if a reckless driver plows into the intersection.

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Cutting People off

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Cutting People Off

Whether it’s intentional or not, cutting people off can have dangerous consequences. Not only could you hit their vehicle, but the other driver may swerve to avoid a collision and lose control of his or her vehicle. Cutting people off is often provoked by road rage, but sometimes people just don’t know how much space is enough. A good rule of thumb is to wait until you can see the car’s headlights in your rear view mirror and check your blind spot before merging over.

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You Shall Not Pass

Not Letting People Pass

Okay, this one should really be obvious. If someone is trying to pass you, let them. By speeding up or slowing down to stop them from passing you, you’re making them linger in oncoming traffic. Not only could they get into a head-on collision, but they could have to swerve over to get out of the way, hitting your vehicle in the process. Just remain calm, keep a consistent speed, and let them pass you. You’ll get where you need to go.

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Passing Illegally

This is a terrible idea. If there are two yellow lines separating your lane from oncoming traffic, that indicates it is unsafe to pass. There could be a sharp corner ahead, a hill, or something else that obstructs your vision of oncoming traffic. The last thing you want to do is move into the oncoming lane and end up in a head-on collision because you couldn’t pass in time. Wait until the lines are dotted and it is safe for you to pass before doing so. Oh, and by the way, never pass on the right shoulder. That is not a driving lane and it’s bound to cause an accident.

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