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Staying safe when you encounter aggressive drivers

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Road rage is a common phenomenon affecting many drivers each year. Traffic and poor driving cause annoyance to turn into anger.

The problem arises when individuals begin to express their anger through aggressive driving, which is dangerous for themselves and others on the road. If you encounter an aggressive driver, there are a few actions you can take to decrease the likelihood of becoming involved in an accident.

Avoid engaging

Do not engage with aggressive drivers even if they provide you. This means not reacting to honking, yelling or rude gestures. Avoid making eye contact if possible, since this may make the driver think you are being aggressive back or make them fixate on you.

Maintain a safe distance

When driving near aggressive drivers, maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and theirs because they tend to drive erratically. This will give you more time to react if the aggressive driver makes a sudden or unsafe maneuver.

Stay calm

It is natural to feel frustrated or angry when dealing with aggressive drivers, but you need to stay calm and avoid responding in kind. Take deep breaths and focus on driving safely. If necessary, pull over when it is safe to do so and take a short break to calm down before continuing your journey.

Report aggressive drivers

If you encounter an aggressive driver who is putting you or others at risk, consider reporting his or her behavior to the authorities. In many areas, you can dial 911 or the local non-emergency police number to report aggressive driving. Be prepared to provide a description of the vehicle and its location. This especially applies if you feel like a driver is following you. Report him or her, but keep driving until you reach a safe location such as a police station, and stay in the car, since aggressive drivers can become violent.

Being around an aggressive driver can be a frightening and angering experience. By remaining composed and taking logical steps, you can help yourself and others stay safe on the road.

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