Beware of aggressive drivers. You know them when you see them. This group includes speeders, tailgaters, excessive horn-blowers and generally unsafe drivers who try to force other motorists to get out of their way.
By trusting your instincts and taking the necessary precautions to avoid these road menaces, you just may save yourself from serious and even fatal injuries. Keeping your distance and not engaging with these drivers are important tenets to abide by.
How dangerous are aggressive drivers? An estimated two-thirds of U.S. traffic fatalities are tied to aggressive drivers, according to research from the Arizona State University Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.
But another critical finding from this research: aggressive drivers cause up to four times more traffic deaths than drunk drivers. This statistic should jolt any driver. Aggressive drivers run the gamut. However, young, white and poorly educated men under 30 who drive high-performance vehicles represented the largest group, according to the report.
Among the signs of an aggressive driver include:
What triggers aggressive driving behavior? It may be a perceived slight from the other driver or just the actions of a bully.
Do you best to steer clear of aggressive drivers. Also, do not fall into the trap of mimicking their behavior and suddenly finding yourself in a “duel” with these reckless, dangerous, unstable and selfish people. The reward for you is a safe trip home.