Being an aggressive driver means that you deliberately put people and property at risk. Examples of aggressive driving are actions such as running red lights, tailgating, cutting off other drivers and making lots of “close call” movements such as weaving in and out of traffic. Most of the time, an aggressive driver is in a rush to get somewhere and they assume these actions will get them their faster.
If you’ve been told you’re an aggressive driver, you might want to take a moment to think about your actions. Do you participate in any of the following behaviors?
- Hitting the gas when the light turns yellow to hopefully make it through the light in time
- Not letting people who need to merge enter ahead of you
- Honking your horn for an extended amount of time when someone takes an extra second to respond to a green light
- Zooming past a slow driver in the left lane by passing them on the right and instantly entering back into the left lane once you’ve passed them
In these cases, you are allowing aggression to take over as you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. This can result in an accident or injury and harm to others or even yourself and the passengers in the car with you. To avoid conflicts with other drivers and to lower your aggression rate on the road it is important to be aware of these characteristics.
Recognize that others are on the road for many different reasons, and even though you may be in a rush, the other drivers may be perfectly on time. Avoid being an aggressive driver by using traffic reports to prepare for or avoid delays. Remember that occurrences on the road such as traffic jams, red lights and slower drivers are beyond your control. Even though you’d like to continue driving to your destination, getting upset will not change these things.
If you are not an aggressive driver but commonly encounter them, make sure you know how to properly deal with aggressive drivers.
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