Aggressive Driving

The AAA Foundation’s Aggressive Driving Update found that aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in 56% of fatal crashes. Additionally, nearly 90% of drivers view aggressive driving as a very serious or somewhat serious threat to their own safety.

Aggressive Driving v Road Rage

Definitions from the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Aggressive Driving: The commission of two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive action of another driver.

Road Rage: An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the driver or passengers of another motor vehicle caused by an incident on the roadway.

Aggressive Driving Actions

This list of several common aggressive driving factors, it is not meant to be exhaustive.

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating other Drivers
  • Failure to yield
  • Reckless/Careless/Eratic Driving
  • Failure to obey signs
  • Improper Lane Changes
  • Improper turns
  • Improper Passing
  • Improper Following
  • Failure to use Signal
  • Failure to Observe Warnings
  • Driving on shoulder, ditch or median
  • Racing Activities

What to do when confronted by an aggressive driver

  1. Make every attempt to get out of their way by safely changing lanes or allowing them to pass you
  2. Avoid eye contact and ignore their gestures, do not make any gestures of your own including shaking the head, laughing, etc.
  3. Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding or attempting to hold your own
  4. Call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so – if available, have a passenger make the call and take a photo of the vehicle
  5. Ensure everyone is seat belted. It will hold you in your seat in case you have to make an abrupt maneuver and will protect you in a crash.
  6. If the aggressive driver is involved a crash, stop at a safe distance, call 9-1-1 and report the behavior you witness to arriving police officers.

Calling 9-1-1: Report Aggressive Driving

  1. The location of the aggressive driver
  2. Direction of travel (North, East, toward Walmart, etc.)
  3. What road or Highway are drivers/is driver on
  4. Vehicle Description (color, make, model, license plate #, size, number of doors)
  5. Driver description (Approximate age, gender, color, clothing, hat, etc.)
  6. What is the observed behavior of the aggressive driver
  7. Are you a witness or a victim
  8. Were weapons involved
  9. Is it over or are the behaviors still occurring

* Safety Note: Do not follow, get close to or otherwise endanger yourself in the attempt to gather information on aggressive drivers. Call 9-1-1 and report whatever information you were able to safety obtain.

Aggressive Drivers – They Make Me So Angry

Friday, June 22nd 2012

One in two motorists no longer enjoy driving according to new research from Continental Tyres – and road rage is a significant factor in that depressing statistic.

Continental Tyres produced the report to support its ‘Courtesy Campaign’ to encourage motorists to employ more courteous driving methods. It points out that more courteous driving would not only improve safety and the overall driving experience but would also ease congestion and reduce delays.

Dr Mark Sullman, expert in driver behaviour at Cranfield University said: “When driving, we are prevented from using the normal cues to work out people’s intentions, such as facial expression and body language, so we are more likely to misunderstand their behaviour and interpret it in a negative way.

“For instance if you bump into someone on foot, a quick smile or ‘oops’ is all that is needed to show it was accidental. However, when in the car, with the absence of cues, people are much more likely to react in an aggressive manner than in other ‘public’ situations.”

Dr Sullman advises: “You can choose not to let it rile you and instead deal with the situation in a positive way, such as concentrating on driving safely yourself or realising that everyone makes mistakes.”

Tim Bailey safety expert for Continental Tyres added: “Avoiding the stop-start of harsh braking and acceleration associated with aggressive driving saves energy and improves the flow of traffic, reducing journey times which in turn should make motorists happier.”

Getting a blast of the horn from another driver is the most common form of aggression, followed by being ‘tailgated’ and having someone brake hard in front of you.

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