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Accidents are caused by slow drivers, too

It is common knowledge that drivers who speed can cause car accidents. But those who are driving too slow can be just as much of a danger on the road. This is often why a minimum speed limit is posted in on some roads and freeways.

Understanding why people drive too slow, and what to do if you encounter these situations, can help you to avoid getting into an accident. And if you have had an accident with a slow driver that resulted in injury, it can help to strengthen your claim with the insurance companies.

Types of slow drivers

While anyone can drive too slowly for a range of reasons, below are four common groups of slow drivers:

  1. Distracted drivers – While people believe they are capable of multitasking while driving, this is often not the case – particularly with cell phone use. When a driver takes their eyes off the road to pay attention to something else, they may naturally slow down.
  2. Tourists – When people are on vacation, they may slow down to get a look at landmarks or tourist sites, or simply because they are not familiar with traffic and speed limits in that area.
  3. New drivers – People who just obtained a driver’s license may be extra cautious, particularly in unfamiliar areas or situations. As a result, they may choose to drive more slowly to make up for their lack of experience behind the wheel.
  4. Senior citizens – Older drivers may drive more slowly to overcompensate for worsening eyesight, aching joints, slower reaction times and other effects of aging.

Avoiding potential accidents

Several scenarios with slower moving vehicles can cause car accidents. Sometimes drivers stay in the left lane of highways, forcing other cars to pass them on the right and creating confusion. Slow drivers can also cause others to need to brake suddenly, which can result in accidents with the cars behind them.

Below are some tips for how to effectively deal with slower drivers:

  • Remain patient – Don’t be quick to tailgate a slow driver aggressively or drive recklessly to pass them. Instead, give the slower driver an opportunity to see you and move out of the way.
  • Flicker your lights – Slow drivers may have just gotten too comfortable in a certain lane, particularly on long car trips. Flash your lights at them a few times to get their attention.
  • Tap your horn – A calm beep might also get the attention of slower drivers, especially when flashing your lights doesn’t get their attention.

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