Definition of an Aggressive Driver
Aggressive drivers are high-risk drivers who climb into the anonymity of an automobile and take out their frustrations on anybody at any time.
For them, frustration levels are high, and level of concern for fellow motorists is low. These drivers may be found:
- Flashing their lights
- Making hand and facial gestures
- Making improper and unsafe lane changes
- Passing on the right
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Weaving in and out of traffic
Confronting Aggressive Drivers
- The 1st step is to make every attempt to get out of their way. Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
- Wear your seat belt. It will hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
- Avoid eye contact, ignore gestures, and refuse to return them.
- Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.
- If you have a cell phone, and can do it safely, call the police. Many have a special phone number such as 911.
- If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash further down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive, and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
Remember how to deal with aggressive drivers. Avoid the challenges or confrontations of an aggressive driver and support law enforcement's efforts to rid the streets and highways of this menace.