Hi Neha, welcome to Indian Blue Book (IBB forum).
It is really great that you are keen to take up good driving as a habit and know in depth about cars.
Well, to identify bad drivers on the road, here are few pointers which I find quite useful. You can also try to gauge by these:
You must have seen tailgaters. A bad driver tends to abruptly apply the brakes in order to ward off a tailgater. While tailgating is a very risky thing, it is nothing in comparison to the brake check. Instead of pulling over or changing lanes, the bad drivers apply hard brakes which means the drivers behind them must also quickly apply their brakes equally hard else there might be serious accident.
Using turning indicators are very important. There are people on the roads that change lanes without bothering to use indicators, or worse, sit at an intersection without warning other drivers about the direction they want to go. Using your car’s turn indicators is the best way to communicate your travel intentions to others. This is less likely to cause an accident.
Make this a rule that if the windscreen wipers are on, the car head lamps should also be on, even if it is during the daytime. Many people do not understand that this has got less to do with improving what you can see from behind the wheel and more to do with making your car visible to other drivers on the road. It does not make sense to delay turning on the head lights in bad weather since that might lead you to getting in an accident.
Overtaking from the left is illegal and in most instances it is highly dangerous. Although it is very tempting, doing so can put you and others around you in a dangerous predicament. Most drivers will not expect someone to pass them on the left, and as such they usually won’t check their left blind spot as often as their right.
It is difficult to say exactly what makes a driver want to move slowly in the right lane while driving. Driving slower than the usual flow of traffic in the right lane causes other drivers on the road to make poor decisions when it comes to overtaking them leading to accidents.
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