There’s a common, quite amusing tendency among drivers: they all think they’re better than the average driver on the road. But if that’s the case, then where are all the bad drivers? In reality, those people who aren’t quite as good as others just don’t know it. It is a hard thing to judge, to be fair. Below, we’ve put together seven clues that you’re not really as great behind the wheel as you might think you are.There’s a common, quite amusing tendency among drivers: they all think they’re better than the average driver on the road. But if that’s the case, then where are all the bad drivers? In reality, those people who aren’t quite as good as others just don’t know it. It is a hard thing to judge, to be fair. Below, we’ve put together seven clues that you’re not really as great behind the wheel as you might think you are.
You Don’t Take Phone Safety Seriously
It doesn’t matter how good you might actually be once you’re in the driver’s seat: nothing can compensate for arrogance when you’re driving! If you’re using your commute to and from work to text your friends and make plans for the evening, then we hate to break it to you: you’re one of the bad drivers. A good driver would know that safety is the biggest priority when it comes to getting from A to B.
You Scan the Car Park For Double Spaces
Alright, we concede that parking can be a little bit tricky. However, we also concede that we’re not the greatest driver on earth. Being able to park with ease is one of those things that only comes with practice and experience. If you’re pulling up to a potential parking space, checking it out with your eye, and then deciding that it’s too much of a challenge, then there are probably other aspects of driving that you don’t excel at, either. You only avoided taking on this parking space because the threat of damaging your car was all too real, admit it!
You’ve Got History
Sometimes, the evidence is undeniable. If you have the phone number of an automobile accident attorney saved on your smartphone, then there might be something up with your driving skills. Of course, the past experiences might have been someone else’s fault, but if you’re beginning to hit double digits of fender benders, then we’re inclined to think that maybe it’s time for a refresher course on how to drive safely. Although, having said that, it might be that you just to need to improve certain aspects of driving. Going for a cruise in the snow, for example, is a challenge for everyone.
Your Friends Catch a Taxi
It’s hard to judge how good you are at driving, and hey, we’re not in the best position to judge your skills either. But there are some people out there who can tell you if you’ve got it or you don’t: your friends and family. If they’re opting to take a taxi even when you’ve offered them a ride, then something is up. So why not come outright and ask them? Friends are always honest when it comes to telling you how much you suck at something. Are you too cautious, too fast? Figure that out, and you’ll be on course to becoming a better driver.
You Applaud Your Multitasking Skills
Nothing is a bigger giveaway of a bad drive than a person who says “pfft, I can drive and hold a business meeting/eat my lunch/apply my makeup all at the same time.” They might think that they’re impressing the person they’re telling, but what they’re really saying is that they are so confident in their ability not to cause an accident that they allow themselves to focus on other things. But do you know when most accidents occur? When people are focusing on other things! They may have been lucky in accidents up until now, but they’re patently not a good driver.
“That? Oh, It’s Just a Bump”
Some people take their cars very seriously, and with good reason: they’re expensive! Other people used to take their car seriously, but now that it has so many bumps and scratches, it’s hard to get too worked up if it acquires another one. However, this in itself is telling. A person tried their best – which means drove their best – in an effort to keep their car in perfect condition, and look what happened! Of course, it’s possible that it was all the fault of other people…but you have to ask some questions of the driver eventually.
Nothing is Automatic
Finally, if a person has been on the roads for more than six months and still has to think about every single aspect of driving, then they’re probably not a superstar behind the wheel. While paying attention is always recommended, if they have to think about how to release the handbrake, something might be up.