Different Types of Bad Drivers

Distracted drivers, tailgaters, and drivers who never use their turn signals are just a few different types of bad drivers to look out for. Check out our list below of some common types of bad drivers.

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Bad drivers are everywhere. They live in your neighborhood, drive on the same roads you use, and cause problems without even trying to do so.

You may think that there are two types of bad drivers, but there are plenty more than just two. Every single bad driver out there adds weight to the fact that everyone should have auto insurance, whether it’s just collision coverage or a full coverage policy.

Here is a short list of different types of bad drivers and what makes them stand out in the crowd. Keep in mind that the descriptions used here are generalized, and actual bad drivers may not be as flagrant about their bad driving habits as they are made to appear in this article.

Something that may help you sleep better though is knowing that bad drivers typically pay more for their car insurance. A driving record is used when applying to any reputable auto insurance company, so if you practice safe driving habits, you’ll be rewarded with better rates.

  • One type of bad driver is the tailgating driver. They rides your back bumper, always leaving the question of whether she can stop before hitting you up in the air.
  • Another example is the person who starts honking the horn as soon as the light changes. It will not make traffic move any faster to blow the horn, but it will earn the glare of those around you.
  • Be careful of drivers who have other things to do than drive. They may be trying to find a paper in the back floorboard, chatting away on the phone, texting, eating, putting on makeup or doing anything except giving the act of driving their full attention.
  • Someone who pokes along below the legal speed limit could be considered a bad driver. Their insistence on remaining slow to be safe creates a traffic hazard behind them as other drivers jockey into a position to get past the slow driver.
  • Like the tailgating driver, the person who thinks they’re on a NASCAR track is a threat to everyone else on the road. They whizz past all the other cars on the road, zipping in and out of travel lanes to move ahead in the line. When the cars stop at a traffic light, this person usually discovers that they haven’t done anything but become a nuisance to the other drivers.
  • The person who switches lanes or makes turns without the using turn signals. Turn signals allow those around you to know that you intend to slow and turn, but without a signal you are forcing everyone in your wake to second guess what your intentions will be.
  • The driver who does not use a turn signal is a danger, but so is the person who turns their signal on and then never turns it back off again. It is dangerous and annoying to be stuck behind someone who has been signaling a right turn for the past thirty miles.

The Bottom Line

Dangerous drivers can pose a threat at any time while they’re on the road. This makes it especially important for you to realize the signs of a potentially bad driver who could do you harm. Bad and dangerous drivers also tend to err on the side of chaos, and sometimes drive uninsured, which is why having auto insurance can keep you safe should you ever need it.


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