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How To Handle An Aggressive Driver

How To Handle An Aggressive Driver
Christian J. Amendt

As a California motorist, it is not uncommon for you to come into contact with aggressive drivers. Heavy traffic on highways and other roadways across the state may bring about cases of road rage, as drivers rush to important appointments or are simply fed up with other drivers. In fact, at least 80 percent of drivers in the United States admit to engaging in aggressive driving behaviors at some point, according to AAA. It is crucial that you know how to identify the signs of an aggressive driver so that you may avoid becoming involved in an accident. You can also help to prevent other accidents from occurring by alerting law enforcement officers when you see an aggressive driver.

When people experience road rage, they may exhibit certain dangerous driving behaviors. These include the following:

  •          Excessive horn honking, using gestures or yelling expletives at other drivers
  •          Weaving throughout traffic and between other vehicles
  •          Speeding and cutting off other vehicles
  •          Blocking vehicles from changing lanes
  •          Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle

In severe cases of road rage, drivers may take the situation a step further by actually bumping or hitting another vehicle. People may also exit their vehicles and engage in physical or verbal violence with other motorists.

It is crucial to avoid making contact with people who are engaging in these behaviors. Do not yell back or compete with their bad driving. Instead, contact law enforcement and alert them to the situation.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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