Drivers are generally aware of the dangers of speeding. It makes sense that driving too fast would increase your chances of being in an accident. However, did you know that slow driving can also be hazardous? Although the risks may not be as obvious, driving at a much slower speed than surrounding traffic has the potential to cause an accident.
When is Slow Driving Dangerous?
What is considered “too slow” is relative to the conditions at the time. Sometimes, slow driving is actually necessary to stay safe, such as during a storm. In general, a low speed has the potential to cause problems if it is significantly slower than the flow of traffic.
Risks of Slow Driving
Some of the potential dangers of driving too slowly include:
- Impeding Traffic: A slow driver can block traffic, and this can be even more of an issue if there are fewer lanes.
- Quick Adjustments by Other Drivers: Other drivers may need to brake suddenly, change lanes, or take other actions to avoid the slow driver. This can cause a chain reaction. For example, one driver may make an unsafe lane change on the right to get around a slow driver, causing the driver in that lane to need to brake quickly or swerve.
- Road Rage: Others on the road can become frustrated when someone else is driving too slowly, especially if there is only one lane.
Types of Slow Drivers
There are different types of drivers who are more likely to go too slowly. Each of these presents different risks.
- Distracted Drivers: In many cases, slow driving and distracted driving go hand in hand. If someone is answering a text, they may not notice that their speed is dropping. This means that not only are there risks from the slow speed, but also increased risks due to the distraction.
- New Drivers: Many new drivers are nervous to be on the road and may be scared to drive at a higher speed. They also may not be used to navigating and are slowing down to look at street signs or get directions.
- Rubbernecking: If there is an accident, many drivers will slow down all at once to look. This is known as rubbernecking. A similar situation can occur if there is a tourist attraction or anything else interesting or unexpected on the side of the road.
How to Stay Safe Around Slow Drivers
If someone else on the road is driving too slowly, it’s important to stay calm and remain aware of your surroundings. Don’t make any sudden adjustments. If you wish to pass the driver, check your blind spot and proceed with caution. Don’t rush through anything and don’t give in to road rage.
What If a Slow Driver Causes an Accident
If you were involved in an accident and a slow driver contributed to the crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers can help you determine how to move forward with your personal injury case. We will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and help you recover financially.