How to Share the Road with Aggressive Drivers
Dealing with aggressive drivers can be stressful. You may feel the need to challenge them, but it is best to just let them be and put yourself out of harm’s way. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 there were 2,857 auto accident fatalities in California that involved speeding.
How to Recognize Aggressive Drivers
Aggressive driving can lead to road rage, which can increase the chance of an auto accident. The NHTSA explains how to recognize aggressive drivers:
- The driver is expressing frustration to other motorists
- The driver is tailgating vehicles
- The driver is making frequent, unsafe lane changes
- The driver is running red lights
- The driver is speeding
How to Handle Aggressive Drivers
If you encounter an aggressive driver, do your best to safely get out of their way. These drivers may try to provoke you, but you should ignore their attempts and continue to drive alertly. When encountering an aggressive driver you should:
- Get out of their way
- Make sure you and other passengers have seat belts on
- Not challenge them
- Not speed up
- Ignore their gestures and comments
- Not make gestures and comments
- Avoid eye contact
- Report it to 911, if you feel physical threatened
How to Avoid Being an Aggressive Driver
It’s important to not only recognize and handle aggressive drivers, but also avoid being one. Various stressors can cause you to drive aggressively, such as being late or stress from home and work. Here are some tips for reducing stress on the road:
- Allow extra time to get to your destination
- Listen to soothing music
- Don’t grip the steering wheel hard
- Don’t drive to release frustration
- Allow other drivers to merge, and change lanes safely
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- NHTSA. Are you an aggressive driver?. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
- NHTSA. Traffic Safety Facts 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2015.