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How's My Driving

"How's my driving?" or "How is my driving?" is a popular sign posted on the back of a vehicle, usually driven by a company employee.

How's my driving?

It usually has a phone number to call or text, or it 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 up these 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 on the back of your car. 

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

But the advantages are much more. It is estimated that vehicles with such signs have 22% less chance of being involved in an accidents than those without. Companies that use the "How's My Driving?" concept track their drivers, and 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 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 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 misuse, you can note the following:

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

So, to conclude, please don't make a fake report on drivers with "How's my driving?" signs. If it was bad weather when they got in front of you and messed up your windshield, forgive them, they didn't mean it.