You might be the best driver in the world, but when it comes to accidents, sometimes it's the other drivers on the road that you need to worry about. So what should you be on the look out for? These are statistically the drivers to fear....
By far the group of drivers with the highest accident rates are young drivers. And amongst the young, the boys are worse than the girls. Boys aged seventeen to twenty have the highest chance of being involved in an accident than any other group of people. Partially this is because of lack of experience. Younger drivers don't yet have ingrained habits, and are liable to panic in unexpected situations. Some of it is to do with peer pressure. Young drivers with passengers in their cars are more likely to have accidents than those who are driving alone. Regardless of this, young drivers, particularly young men, are those you have to fear. How do you know if it's a young driver? Look out for older car models with lots of bumper stickers, or loud music. And if you see a younger driver, try not to follow to closely.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have those aged seventy and above. This group has the second relative highest rate of accidents. Older drivers tend to have slower reaction times, plus there are vision and hearing problems that can result in dangerous driving. They've had a lifetime to gain bad habits too, so they might not be the most observant of drivers. The good news on this front is that older drivers have a tendency to drive safer car models. Of course, that doesn't help you if you're driving a convertible and get in an accident with an old guy in a Volvo. Watch out for the laws where you live. Some places make older drivers retake their driving test every couple of years. Beware of places where older drivers are allowed to keep their licenses regardless of where they got them.
Obviously, you should fear the driver that's drunk or high. Driving under the influence of anything, even if it's prescription medication, will dull your reflexes and affect your reaction time. Drivers who appear to be changing lanes frequently, driving in the centre of the road, or slowing down randomly, should be avoided. If you notice someone driving erratically or dangerously, you should inform the police, and try and get their number plate. If you can't do this, then just keep out of their way, choose a different route.
It can be difficult to recognise a tired driver, though he may be driving somewhat erratically. Fatigue is the number one cause of distraction related accidents, however, and is almost as bad as driving while drunk. There's a lot of debate about how to make tired driving illegal, since it's hard to test how much sleep someone has had, but driving while tired is extremely dangerous. Even if you don't fall asleep at the wheel, you will still have slower reaction times, and are less able to focus.
Okay, they might not necessarily be rich, but there are certain makes and models of cars that are more likely to be in accidents than others. In general, faster cars are more likely to crash. In fact, the colour of a car can affect its safety too. Red cars are more likely to be in accidents than any other colour. So if you see a bright red Porsche driving too fast, you should probably keep out of the way