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How should I deal with an aggressive driver?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Aggressive driving is a severe problem in the United States. It is a real issue that causes dangerous driving behavior, leading to risky road violations, such as speeding or running a red light. Driving with emotion-driven aggression can cause fatal collisions.

Aggressive driving habits contribute to 56% of fatal road accidents. Sometimes, minor collisions could lead to road rage, escalating into hostile altercations and physical harm.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s study reviewed 10,000 road rage cases. After examining them, they determined that around 218 incidents resulted in death, while 12,610 led to injuries.

The scary part of these cases was why the involved parties started the conflict. Their fights usually started with something as trivial as tailgating or not allowing them to pass.

Authorities highly discourage aggressive driving behavior. Anyone could become a victim or perpetrator of a crime because of road or traffic problems.

What should I do in the face of aggressive road behavior?

If you face an aggressive driver, you should prioritize your safety. Retaliating could lead to disputes, which could quickly escalate and put you or others in danger. You could practice the following measures if you face an aggressive driver:

  • Avoid offending them. Specific driving behaviors could agitate them more, such as tailgating or cutting them off. Drive defensively and avoid getting their attention to protect yourself.
  • Do not get emotional or engage with them. Stay away from them to prevent colliding with their vehicle, especially if they are driving erratically.
  • Check your attitude and relax. Sometimes, you must step back to assess the situation. Do not let your emotions risk your safety.

If they target you, you could call the authorities for help instead of dealing with the situation alone.

Your safety is your priority

One driving mistake could put yourself and your passengers in harm’s way. Engaging with an aggressive driver is not worth the danger, especially if you have family and friends in your vehicle. Letting them pass and controlling your impulses could save a life.