Are you certain you’re not an aggressive driver? Have you had any of the following experiences behind the wheel?:
- Express frustration when you drive?
- Fail to pay attention while driving?
- Make frequent lane changes?
- Run red lights?
Each item listed above is a form of aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving causes approximately 6,800,000 crashes each year in the U.S.
To avoid aggression behind the wheel consider the following:
Allow yourself some extra time so you’re not frantic and racing to make it to your destination on time.
Keep your mind on the road, instead of the portion of your workday that didn’t go well or a tiff you’re having with a friend.
Tune the radio to your favorite station and calm your nerves.
Drive the posted speed limit.
Fewer crashes occur when vehicles are traveling at or about the same speed.
Identify alternative route.
Know alternative routes to use on your trip in case there is traffic or an accident up ahead.
When confronted with aggressive drivers do your best to safely get out of their way. Never challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your lane.