How to Report A Dangerous Driver:
Best Apps To Do It Anonymously

top apps for drivers and bike owners

As motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians we all deal with them: The guy who pushes his way into a traffic lane without even glancing; the teenage girl who rolls through an intersection because she’s texting; the middle-aged man who drives his sports car like he’s in a video game.

Do you call 911?

Do the cops even care?

If you’re like most law-abiding citizens, you’re probably not going to file an incident report and then show up in court. You’ll just quietly swallow your anger and accept that reckless driving happens. 

Tips for Dealing with an Aggressive Driver

  1. First and foremost, keep your cool.
  2. If they’re tailgating you, change lanes, let them pass, and keep a safe distance (5+ car lengths).
  3. Avoid looking directly at them, and making eye contact.
  4. Ignore any rude gestures they may make, and do not return them.
  5. Dial #77 from your cell phone, or if you feel in danger – dial 911.
  6. If they follow you, proceed to the nearest law enforcement office OR crowded public place.

Apps You Can Use to Report Anonymously

As the saying goes, there’s an app for that. These tools let you document and report or publicly chastise dangerous drivers without giving away your identity – thus switching up the power dynamics and reinstating a little justice on these crazy roads.

There’s an obvious irony here. Using a mobile phone to report a reckless driver can also be an offense.

Please, pull over before using these:

1. Nexar

Nexar is an excellent iPhone app that helps you monitor and record surrounding traffic. To use Nexar, your phone needs to be mounted on the front dashboard of your car. If Nexar notices dangerous driving in the field of view, it will invite you to begin recording.

In situations where Nexar detects an incident like sharp braking or swerving, Nexar will show a pop-up so you can tap and start recording video. Each video session lasts about 30 seconds so you can capture the moments immediately after the incident. The goal of Nexar video recording is to capture the license plate of the offending vehicle, and Nexar is connected to a central database for easy sharing and saving.

The central database allows Nexar to monitor repeat offenders, and help drivers know when dangerous drivers are spotted by the camera. Nexar plans to offer preventative features in the future using GPS and other location services to help drivers know when they could be in danger based on surrounding cars.

Download On App Store

2. Bad Driver Database

Bad Driver Database is an app found on Google Play and the Apple Store that helps drivers voice their frustrations about bad drivers. This app provides a safe and considerate way for safe drivers to express their concerns.

To use the app, a driver simply has to open the app and take a picture of a license plate. Once a driver’s information has been saved, it will be added to the growing online database. You can reference the database to find if the driver has been previously reported so you can proactively avoid specific drivers or areas based on where they have been spotted.

The most recent updates to the app have allowed for voice commands so users can speak the state and license plate instead of relying on typing text.

Download On App Store

Download On Google Play

3. Sherlock

This last app isn’t for reporting dangerous drivers – but is still an extremely useful piece of technology for preventing theft.

Sherlock is a small, GPS-enabled tracking device is the perfect solution for anyone who owns a bike and takes frequent bike rides around town. Sherlock provides a unique identifier for your bicycle, and it is uniquely connected to your user profile and the bike profile. This means that if your bike is stolen, you can demonstrate that you own the bike once it is found.

Using the GPS location device, you can use your phone as a mobile tracker, so you don’t have to worry about having your bike stolen again. You can put the Sherlock bike tracker in any handlebars you have- from straight to curved bars, so it will fit your bike no matter what kind of bike you own.

No matter what app you use, be sure to drive with your safety in-mind. Don’t act out in a way that could cause you to be in danger. If you are in an accident, be sure to have a set of collapsible traffic cones in your car to notify passing traffic. This will keep you safe as the police come to attend to your situation. 

Image Credit: Jenny Cu on Flickr

Author: Chris Giarratana

Chris is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant in Orlando, FL who specializes in developing marketing strategies for small businesses, researching emerging technologies, and enjoys studying transportation issues.

25 Comments

  1. ReportDangerousDrivers requires a paid membership for violation reports to be processed: “Your current trial-membership permits the submission of violation reports although these violation reports are not fully processed and are added to our database in a temporary status. Your violation report has been added to our database in a temporary status. This violation report will automatically be removed from our database unless you upgrade your membership at this time.”

    1. I’m sick and tied of bad drivers speeding every day and night in hilton street east bromwich. Cars still speed when the children are playing in the street and they need to be stopped before some one gets hit by any of these cars and what should also happen is a camera and speed bumps put down that will slow them down a lot and a camera. Once caught on camera then they should take a driving test again and given a fine too.

  2. I KNOW SOMEONE THAT IS A BAD DIABETIC AND HAS BLACKOUTS AND FUDGES HIS D.O.T. EXAMS….HE DRIVES AS A BULK CONTRACTOR FOR THE POST OFFICE.. HE COULD KILL HIMSELF OR OTHERS HOW DO I REPORT HIM…

  3. coming out of south queensferry yhis morning a silver dacia duster overtook me in a 30 zone but in front of me a car was trying to turn right he had to slow down but then accellerated past the car turning right befoer the car got to the turn off the road is clearly marked with cheverons and red paint twice the driver has done this the reg number is sc 63 ucs he needsto be warned befroe there is an accident the road in question is the road to kirkliston from south queensferry

    1. Hey Gibson – Seeing your comment we investigated and you’re right, so we gave the post a full update as of December 1st. All apps now listed exist.

  4. My grandmother swerves constantly, slams her breaks on, my grandfather lost his drivers lost his drivers license already and is in the vehicle everywhere my grandmother goes pointing out jet trails, clouds out of state plates, plates that are unique which all of the above takes my grandmothers attention off the road which is extremely dangerous when she cannot stay in a single lane, has side swiped other vehicles causing damage to both vehicles involved does not use ANY of her mirrors which by the way are not even positioned properly. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY GRANDPARENTS and would hate to see the same blow to her ego and self esteem I watched my grandfather suffer when he had to surrender his D.L. I am EXTREMELY concerned about them being injured or even killed by her driving or doing the same to another vehicle or family I do not want to be chastised or exiled from my family for initiating her D.L. being taken away my hope is an officer will get behind her and pull her over after he sees she cannot maintain a lane for more than several seconds as well as her ability to break; my grandfather is consistently slammed into the dashboard I am very distraught&confused as to what to do but SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO PROTECT THEM AND SOCIETY. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS ADVICE AS TO HOW I CAN PROCEED WITH THIS ISSUE I WOULD LOVE ANY AND ALL INPUT!!! As most of the time I am in the vehicle the apps provided to help in this situation are used to catch drivers in front or around you not a driver you are currently in the vehicle with.

  5. I know Ferguson Plumbing in Quincy MA. A.KA P.V Sullivan Plumbing supply Is allowing a driver make deliveries without their CDL licence . Isn’t that illegal????

  6. For those in the Cypress, TX area please be careful of a white vehicle plates: GK46DD The driver yielded at the median before jumping recklessly in front of my vehicle, almost causing an instant collision. This happened a few blocks from the CVS on North Fry Road in between the local elementary school. The only thing saved me is God and my brakes.

    Signed,

    An Unhappy Female Driver

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  8. Reporting a reckless driving with liscense plate Hunter. A woman in her 30’s with brown straight hair below shoulder length. I was driving north bound on the 405 freeway and she was behind a trailer then recklously switched to my lane cutting me off and was going over the speed limit. I was able to move over safely to about a collision. Thankfully no accident because I reacted to her reckless driving and she literally was about to hit me hard if I didn’t move . She was driving a grayish Jeep with liscense plate HUNTER.

  9. I hate driving complaints. People have no idea how much work it is to complete a driving complaint. They call, want to make a statement, “oh yeah I saw him speeding” or the “driving all over the road.”

    All we get is a plate number and some ones word to go off. Now we have to introduce an emergency vehicle onto a freeway or highway and speed to catch up to the person putting others and ourself in increased risk of needless danger.

    Then let’s say we can’t find the person. We have to investigate the plate, see who it comes back to, make sure the registered owner was the one driving it. Track down a phone number for them, they never answer, so leave a message. Call the reporting party back, ask what they saw, ask if they want to file an incident on the matter, they say yes. It is then explained to the reporting party that they may be subpoenaed to court for testimony if it’s contested, so then they say no….we inform them that we were unable to locate the vehicle but will continue to look out for it.

    Finally we receive a call from dispatch saying the owner is returning our call, only we can’t take it because we’re too busy at a domestic involving weapons. So we back burn it until later… then can’t call because it’s after midnight on a weekday and we just cleared from the jail after arresting a subject from the Domestic. We call the suspect driver back tomorrow because the damn case is still pending open… only to have him say his ex wife was driving. Now we need to effing track his ex wife down…

    Do you see where I’m going with this? It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but have 5,6,or 7 of those a day while you’re trying to help people with mental health issues or negotiating some one out of a bathroom who has a knife to their own neck.

    Stop calling in driving complaints, you are literally making life more miserable for a lot more people than it needs to be.

    Unless it’s obvious that they might be impaired and pose a greater danger to the people on the road and you’re willing to make a statement. Swallow your damn pride and accept the fact that people are going to cut you off and ride your ass.

    We have real work to do, stop bothering us with this nonsense.

    And the response to “you signed up for this” is No, none of us signed up to hear you complain about a driver who swerved a little and touched the fog line, or didn’t cross without using their blinker… you’re making it hard for us to do our jobs.

    1. Shut the [redacted] and do your damn job. This is why i hate cops. Wish i could say that at my job, im sorry maam we have more important things to do. I wish somebody would cut me off in my new car! If yall will allow them to drive reckless and raise my [redacted] insurance, i will take matters into my own [redacted] hands, and i know yall wont like that 😂😂😂

  10. I want to report a person driving the car with the plate [redacted] from Arizona without Driver license. A dangerous for the community of Tucson.
    Olga

  11. New Yorkers out there: watch out for a black Audi, license plate number [redacted]. This man wearing a Yankees cap is an erratic driver. Almost crashed and killed him.

  12. To the obvious officers who request we do not report these almost incidents. I am sorry but consider the fact of we report said reckless incident; you dismiss it and later they crash and kill someone because no one took the time to stop them at first report. Who is at fault then.? I was almost run off the MFNNN ROAD today because some [redacted] was distracted And was zooming in and out of the lanes and aggressively veered into my lane almost hitting me. My defensive driving saved me from the accident. So to the lady with the red Hyundai Elantra PA plate. You were not in that much of a [redacted] hurry since we were approaching heavy traffic in the first MF PLACE! also I don’t appreciate being discouraged not to report something because it is too much for you to do your Job!

  13. Wow, I had no idea there were apps for reporting bad drivers. This is really useful for keeping roads and surrounding drivers safe from repeat offenders. Thanks for sharing!

  14. We seriously need better ways of reporting people. If I cant shoot people while they are allowed to live above the law, police need to give citizens better ways to report repeat offenders. That will actually get their license taken away. Not just holding your phone up and attempting to “scare ” them by letting them know youre reporting them.

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