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4 reasons a driver may be drifting across the lane

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you have driven for long, you have probably noticed a few drivers who struggle to keep their car in a straight line.

When you see that, you should give them a wide berth as they could prove dangerous to you. Here are some possible reasons why:

1. They do not have a license

Maybe the driver is a 12-year-old who has stolen the car for a joyride and cannot fully reach the controls. Stranger things have definitely happened. 

2. They are intoxicated

A drunk or drugged driver probably thinks they are driving just fine, but they are in such a relaxed state that they are weaving side to side in happy bliss without noticing. 

3. They are drowsy

A lack of sleep can affect drivers in similar ways to alcohol or drugs, and it is much more common. Most people have the good sense not to drive when intoxicated, but people drive all the time when they are tired. They drive home after a long night shift, get up in the middle of the night to drive to the airport or drive to work after their baby kept them up all night.

4. They are distracted

When you move your head, your upper body follows. Skiers and mountain bikers know that and look where they want to go to help them turn. Drivers should be looking straight ahead most of the time. So if they look across to their phone or spin their head to gawp at someone attractive on the sidewalk, it is no surprise that their arms and, therefore, the wheel and car may also move to one side.

If you are injured in a crash, getting legal help to run through what you saw the other driver doing before the crash could help you get the compensation you need.