When you are out on the road, there will likely be a time when you are confronted with an aggressive driver. Aggressive driving can include actions such as excessive speeding, failure to obey traffic laws, or following too closely behind another vehicle. Here are some tips on how to safely respond to aggressive drivers.
Maintain Control of Your Vehicle
If you notice that someone is driving aggressively, you need to be sure that you are driving as safely as possible. If you need to maneuver away from an aggressive driver, use your turn signals and safely position yourself out of harm’s way. Also, be sure that you are wearing your seatbelt. By practicing smart and safe driving, you can help to avoid a collision or other accident that can be caused by aggressive driving.
Do Not Engage
Sometimes, an aggressive driver can seem to be threatening you personally. If an aggressive driver cuts you off, gestures rudely, or tries to make eye contact, do not engage with them. Instead, calmly focus on your own driving and do not return any aggressive behavior. If you directly confront an aggressive driver, you might end up escalating a serious conflict.
Call the Authorities
Aggressive driving can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If you witness or experience first hand an aggressive driver that seems like they could harm themselves or others, you should call the authorities. If the situation seems to be escalating, be sure that you and your passengers are not in any danger. You can always pull off the road or drive to a more public location if you need help dealing with extremely aggressive or threatening behaviors.
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