It can get pretty hot in the South during the summer. Tempers of aggressive drivers seem to heat up as well. Your daily commute can turn dangerous very quickly if you come across one of these hot headed drivers.
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.