Aggressive Driving

What is aggressive driving? Aggressive driving is the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. Persons doing any of the following may be committing acts of aggressive driving:

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

Avoid aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving is a serious problem which is responsible for many traffic accidents and fatalities. It is to your benefit to avoid aggressive drivers and potentially dangerous situations. If you encounter an angry or aggressive motorist:

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

Anyone can become an aggressive driver. Don't let stress and frustration get the best of you while driving.

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