Though you may be one of the safest drivers on the road, you cannot control
the actions and decisions of other drivers. For this reason, you and your
passengers may still be at high risk for an accident and injuries even
if you obey all traffic laws and drive defensively. One of the most dangerous
actions of other drivers is aggressive driving.
While everyone can become frustrated with traffic, slow drivers, or other
less-than-ideal road conditions, some drivers over-react and let their
reactions affect their driving behaviors.
Aggressive drivers tend to engage in very risky behaviors, including speeding, following
too closely on purpose, frequent and sudden lane changes often without
signaling, threatening or rude gestures, excessive and harassing honking,
yelling, or even following motorists off the road to harass them. If you
encounter an aggressive driver, the risk of accidents is high. You should
always know how to handle the situation in the best way possible to keep
you and your family safe.
Try to move out of their way as quickly as possible — If an aggressive driver is tailgating or trying to get around you, try
to switch lanes whenever possible to let them by. Additionally, if you
know you will be driving relatively slowly for some reason, try to stay
out of the passing lane whenever possible.
Ignore any yelling or gestures — If someone is being rude to you on the road, try to stay calm and ignore
them. Responding with your own words, gestures, or even a negative look
can often enrage the other driver more.
Do not get out of your car — If you are challenged by an aggressive driver, make sure everyone in the
vehicle is safely buckled in with the doors locked and windows up. In
the event that an aggressive driver follows you off the highway or into
a parking lot, do not get out of your car and keep driving if you can.
Report them to authorities — If an aggressive driver is being dangerous, you should call law enforcement
and report the driver’s behavior as well as the vehicle description
and location, license plate number, and any other helpful information.
Reporting aggressive drivers can help prevent injury to you and others
on the road.
If you are ever injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver,
you should seek medical attention and then consult with an experienced
attorney who knows how to handle this type of case.