There are all types of drivers on the road. Some are overly cautious, some are too impatient, but entirely too many are dangerous. So how do you spot—and avoid—those drivers who are likely to cause an accident? Here are a few of the common types of dangerous drivers and how to steer clear of them to avoid a Maryland car crash:

The Tailgater

Few drivers are as annoying as the tailgater. While it is tempting to slam on your brakes to communicate that you’d like more distance between your vehicles, doing so is likely to cause a Maryland auto accident. Instead, consider slowing down slightly until the tailgater switches lanes.

The Speed Demon

Because they are so impatient, speed demons are not likely to be in your sight for long. However, their impatience often leads them to make bad decisions, such as tailgating, cutting off other drivers, running red lights and more. When possible, switch lanes to let these impatient drivers pass.

The Drunk Driver

Drunk drivers are some of the most dangerous on the road. Steer clear of them! If you find yourself near a driver who appears to be drunk, try getting off of the highway at the next exit to get away from him or her. Then, call the police to report this dangerous driver.

The Dozer

Often confused with the drunk driver, a drowsy driver exhibits many of the same signs and can be equally as dangerous. It may be helpful to honk your horn or flash your lights to help wake up the sleepy driver.

The Erratic Driver

Erratic driving can be caused by a myriad of distractions. Whether the driver is talking on a cell phone, eating lunch or reading a magazine while driving, the erratic driver is hard to predict, so your best bet is to give him or her a lot of room.

When it’s too late …

No matter how careful you are on the road, it is impossible to avoid all dangerous drivers and the accidents they invariably bring with them. If you or a family member has been injured in a Maryland car crash, you might want to discuss your situation with a skilled Maryland car accident attorney. To receive a free consultation, call the law offices of Nickelsporn & Lundin at 1-800-875-9700.