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What does a distracted driver look like?

It's good to know that you have full control over what happens in your vehicle. Conversely, it can be a bit unsettling to realize that you have no control over other drivers.

While there is no sure-fire way to pinpoint a distracted driver, there are signs to watch out for. If you have reason to believe a person is not paying attention to the road, you'll want to leave as much space as possible between your two vehicles.

Here are a few signs that a person may be engaging in distracted driving:

  • Veering from one side of the lane to the other (or even out of the lane of traffic). Someone who is distracted may not be able to keep his or her vehicle on a straight path.
  • Sudden braking. When a person isn't paying attention to the road, he or she may not realize that someone in front of him or her is stopping. As a result, they're always braking suddenly, since they didn't give themselves enough time to slow their vehicle.
  • Something in his or her hands. Is a person holding a cellphone? How about a cup of coffee or piece of fruit? When a driver has one hand on the wheel and something else in the other, there's a chance he or she is distracted.

Knowing what a distracted driver looks like can go a long way in helping you prevent an accident. Unfortunately, this doesn't guarantee your safety. If your vehicle is struck by a distracted driver, you should call for help, receive medical treatment and learn more about your legal rights.

Source: Elephant, "4 tips to spot a distracted driver," accessed March 20, 2018

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