Stereotyping Other Drivers
While most of us have been taught that stereotyping is bad, I couldn’t disagree more when it comes to driving a car. If I see a car that looks like it’s just lost a bumper car war, I’m going to back off. It’s possible that the driver of that car is a safe and responsible driver. However, I must operate based upon the information at hand. And the dragging tail pipe, duct-taped windows, and massive dents suggest that this driver is dangerous.
Remember that defensive driving is about preparing for the worst case scenario. Because you have zero control over what other drivers are going to do, you must try to anticipate their actions and position yourself for maximum safety should the crazy drivers around you do something unexpected.Look at what the driver is doing
You can see a lot of what’s going on inside of another car and you should use this information to your advantage. If you see someone dancing in the driver’s seat and singing at the top of their lungs, they’re probably not very attuned to the world around them. I would increase my following distance.
As the driving teacher, your job is to help point out to your teen the type of behavior that should be watched. Here’s a list of common, unsafe behavior that should be considered dangerous:
The type of behavior outlined above isn’t really “stereotyping” because you can clearly see that the behavior is dangerous. However, the list below may be considered controversial. However, just because we’ve “typed” someone, it doesn’t mean they’re dangerous. Read before you judge.