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Most common indications that a driver is distracted

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many Massachusetts residents are as cautious as possible when behind the wheel. However, car accidents still happen for a number of reasons, including distracted driving. You can stay safer on the road by recognizing these common indications that a driver is distracted.

Inconsistent speeds

One of the biggest signs of a distracted driver is inconsistent speeds. Whether drivers travel too fast or too slow for traffic conditions or the speed limit, it can lead to motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving can even result in a mixture of driving speeds; you might see a vehicle speeding and then moving too slowly. Whatever the case, this can put everyone in danger.

Using a handheld phone

Handheld cell phones are illegal in many areas, including Massachusetts. A telltale sign of a distracted driver is when the person is holding a phone; this is especially the case if their eyes appear more focused on the phone instead of the road. Texting is deemed even more dangerous than simply using a cell phone for a call.

Weaving in and out of lanes

Distracted drivers commonly have trouble staying in one lane. You can tell someone is distracted when their vehicle continuously weaves erratically in and out of lanes. This is because their attention is so focused on another object, person or activity rather than the task of driving.

Abrupt braking

Vehicles that abruptly brake because the driver doesn’t immediately realize that traffic has slowed or stopped is another indication of distracted driving. It’s also a huge risk for a rear-end accident. You may also notice tailgating before the driver ultimately brakes.

Distracted driving is a major factor in many car accidents. Being alert and knowing what signs to look out for can help you recognize a distracted driver. You can take measures to avoid them to stay safer.