State Safety Office
Are you an aggressive driver? Do You:
- Express Frustration. Taking out your frustrations on your fellow motorists can lead to violence or a crash.
- Fail to Pay Attention when Driving. Reading, eating, drinking or talking on the phone, can be a major cause of roadway crashes.
- Tailgate. This is a major cause of crashes that can result in serious deaths or injuries.
- Make Frequent Lane Changes. If you whip in and out of lanes to advance ahead, you can be a danger to other motorists.
- Run Red Lights. Do not enter an intersection on a yellow light. Remember flashing red lights should be treated as a stop sign.
- Speed. Going faster than the posted speed limit, being a “road racer” and going too fast for conditions are some examples of speeding.
- Plan ahead. Allow yourself extra time.
- Concentrate. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cellular phone, eating, drinking or putting on makeup.
- Relax. Tune the radio to your favorite relaxing music. Music can calm your nerves and help you to enjoy your time in the car.
- Drive the Posted Speed Limit. Fewer crashes occur when vehicles are travelling at or about the same speed.
- Identify Alternate Routes. Try mapping out an alternate route. Even if it looks longer on paper, you may find it is less congested.
- Use Public Transportation. Public transportation can give you some much-needed relief from life behind the wheel.
- Just be Late. If all else fails, just be late.
When Confronted With Aggressive Drivers:
- Get Out of the Way. First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
- Put Your Pride Aside. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
- Avoid Eye Contact. Eye contact can sometimes enrage an aggressive driver.
- Gestures. Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
- Report Serious Aggressive Driving. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.