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How's My Driving

"How's my driving?" or "How is my driving?" is a sign that is posted in the back of a vehicle, usually operated by an employee.

How's my driving?

It usually has a phone number to call or text, or might have a website URL or other identifying information so that people can contact and report on the vehicle's driver. Sometimes it’s the vehicle owner monitoring the phone number or the website, or it might be a third party like FindByPlate.com .

In some cases parents of teenagers also put out such signs hoping to improve the safety of teenage drivers. The whole purpose of this sign/decal is to increase the safety of our roads. You wouldn’t want to drive recklessly if you had a sign like this in the back of your car. 

Of course there are disadvantages to this, there are other aggressive drivers who may get angry if you merged in front of them, for whatever reason they would call and report on you. It is considered that about 10% of vehicles with such a sign fall victim of false claims. Usually such bored callers would complain about improper lane changes, speeding, tailgating and running red lights or stop signs. 

But the advantages are much more; it is considered that vehicles with such signs have 22% less chance to be involved in any accidents than those that don't have such decals. Companies that utilize the "How's My Driving?" concept track their drivers, they act based on the number of complaints, not just one or two. This helps them spot problem drivers and reduce their risks of accidents, insurance claims and in some cases even lawsuits. 

Some insurance companies might even give a discount if the vehicle has such a decal.

Reporting Bad Drivers to Government Agencies

Many government agencies have websites, phone numbers, email addresses and other means of contact details to report vehicle misuse and reckless driving. All drivers of government agencies must obey the local, state and federal traffic laws. Drivers are usually personally responsible if they are fined or penalized. In most cases government employees are not allowed to take their vehicle home, unless their agency authorizes such use. 

If you see such misuses, you can follow these steps:

  1. Take a note of the date and time of the incident
  2. Location where the alleged misuse occurred
  3. Reason, why it is a matter of your concern
  4. License Plate Number
  5. Description of the vehicle (color, type, make, model, any other signs?)
  6. Description of the driver and/or passengers
  7. Any pictures and/or videos
  8. Phone number, agency or company information to which the vehicle belongs to
  9. Post all this on FindByPlate.com - you can later revisit it when you need it

So, to conclude, please don't do a fake report on drivers with such signs, if it was a bad weather, they got in front of you and got your windshield all yucked up, forgive them, they didn't mean to do that, it was caused by weather conditions and was not intentional.