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Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. Any of the following may be considered Aggressive Driving:

  • Speeding
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Tailgating
  • Passing on the shoulder of the road
  • Cutting off another vehicle
  • Slamming on brakes in front of tailgater
  • Improper hand or facial gestures at other drivers
  • Yelling
  • Repeatedly honking the horn
  • Repeatedly flashing of headlights

Aggressive driving is a serious problem and is responsible for many traffic accidents and fatalities. Avoid aggressive drivers and potentially dangerous situations. Following are tips which you can follow if you encounter an angry or aggressive driver:

  • Do not retaliate in any way or engage driver. Get out of the way
  • Do not make eye contact
  • Keep your doors locked and windows up
  • Keep enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you to pull out from behind
  • Do not underestimate other driver’s potential for aggression

Anyone has potential to become an aggressive driver. Stress and frustration can be contributing factors

  • Be patient and courteous
  • Do not drive if angry, overtired or upset
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination
  • When possible, change schedule to avoid congestion
  • Listen to relaxing music or books on tape
  • Give other drivers benefit of doubt – all drivers do make mistakes
  • Avoid conflict, even if you are in the right