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Aggressive drivers

Aggressive drivers - Who are they? Here is what is known about them so far:

  • These high-risk drivers climb into the anonymity of an automobile and take out their frustrations on anybody at any time.
  • For them, frustration levels are high, and levels of concern for fellow motorists are low.
  • They run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, make hand and facial gestures, scream, honk, and flash their lights.
  • They drive at speeds far in excess of the norm, which causes them to:
    • Follow too closely
    • Change lanes frequently and abruptly without notice (signals)
    • Pass on the shoulder or unpaved portions of the roadway o Leer at and/or threaten ─ verbally or through gestures ─ motorists who are thoughtless enough to be in front of them

The American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the best way to avoid being the target of an aggressive driver is to practice basic traffic courtesy and follow these tips:

  • Make every attempt to get out of the aggressive driver’s way
  • Wear your seat belt
  • Don’t challenge an aggressive driver
  • Don’t make eye contact
  • Don’t make obscene gestures
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Use your horn sparingly
  • Don’t block the passing lane
  • Don’t block the right-turn lane
  • Don’t take more than one parking space
  • Don’t allow the door of your car to hit the car parked next to you
  • Don’t inflict loud music on neighboring cars
  • If you drive slowly, pull over and allow the traffic to pass
  • Don’t let a phone distract you
  • Don’t stop in the road to talk to another driver or pedestrian
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities

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