Some drivers engage in aggressive behaviors, such as speeding, which endangers other road users. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed 11,258 people in 2020. This shows that this behavior is dangerous, yet some drivers still commit it.
If you are driving near a speeding driver who is cutting through traffic or tailgating you, below are four tips to help you:
1. Allow more space
If a speeding driver is ahead, you should observe speed limits and allow more space between you and them. This is because they may lose control or hit the brakes unexpectedly, involving you in a crash. Thus, while it may be tempting to follow their speed, stay calm and maintain yours.
2. Allow them to pass
A speeding driver may tailgate you when they can’t find space to pass. This can be annoying and can lead you to an accident. If you are in the left lane, move and let the driver pass. If you can’t because you are on a single-lane road, pull over as soon as you can find a spot to let them pass.
3. Focus on your driving
It can be easier to focus on a speeding driver since their behavior and vehicle sounds can attract attention. However, when you do this, you take your concentration away from your driving. Accordingly, you may make a mistake that can lead to an accident.
4. Call the police
If you notice suspicious behavior after observing the speeding driver for some time, for example, not passing when they have a chance, they may be harassing you. If you believe this is the case, call 911 or pull over at the next police station.
Speeding drivers don’t observe their duty of keeping other road users safe. If you are injured by such a driver, it’s wise to get legal help to receive just compensation.