In an article on AAA Foundation's Aggresive Driving Update found that aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in 56% of fatal crashes. Additionally, nearly 90 % of drivers view aggresive driving as a very serious or somewhat serious threat to their own safety.
What can you do when someone displays aggressive behavior while behind the wheel of a vehicle? A few tips were found in the Road Rage Brochure on how to avoid aggressive drivers:
- Avoid cutting drivers off and apologize if you do.
- Avoid tailgating and honking the horn.
- Avoid inappropriate or offensive gestures.
- Steer clear of aggressive drivers.
- Don't make eye contact.
- If you feel like you are being followed or are in danger, drive to a safe/crowded place or dial 911for help.
ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE
- Leave for your destination with enough time to get there safely without having to rush.
- Put yourself in the other driver's shoes.
- Take a moment to calm yourself, take a deep breath and remember escalating a situation will only make things worse.
If you become a victim of an accident, please contact Shelly Leeke Law Firm for a free consultation.