Man driving a car with his hand on the horn

AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

ON THE ROADS

Aggressive driving has become a major concern of the public, ranking at or near the top of traffic safety issues in national surveys, says the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The Foundation defines it as “any single unsafe driving behavior (deemed aggressive) can constitute aggressive driving provided the behavior was performed deliberately and with ill-intention.” As many as 56 percent of fatal crashes involve one or more unsafe driving behaviors typically associated with aggressive driving. Speeding is the most common contributing factor and is involved in nearly one in three deadly crashes.

WHAT CAUSES AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

  • Speeding
  • Traffic congestion
  • Being in a hurry
  • Road work
  • Stress from other areas of life
  • Dangerous driving attitudes
  • Selfishness

HELP PREVENT AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

  • Report incidents of aggressive driving to the Police
  • Set an example for younger passengers

TIPS TO COMBAT AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

  • Don’t have a “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude
  • Plan your trip
  • Avoid dangerous interactions and confrontations
  • Avoid eye contact with “aggressive drivers”
  • Do not take the actions of other drivers personally
  • Be a courteous and patient driver
  • Do not tailgate and use the left lane only when passing
  • Use signals and with plenty of warning
  • Use the horn only as a “safety device”
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Identify alternative routes
  • Just be late
  • Get out of the way and let an aggressive driver pass
  • Don't challenge them