If you've ever been passed on the wrong side, tailgated, cut off or hemmed in by another vehicle, you've been the victim of an aggressive driver. Drivers may be fined up to $200 for each moving violation associated with aggressive driving and could spend time in jail.
Avoid Becoming an Aggressive Driver
- Keep your emotions in check. Don't take your frustrations out on other drivers.
- Plan ahead and allow enough time for delays.
- Focus on your own driving. Yelling, pounding on the steering wheel and honking your horn won't make traffic move any faster.
How to Avoid Danger
First, be a cautious, considerate driver. Avoid creating a situation that may provoke another motorist.
- Don't tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.
- If you're in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let the driver pass you.
- Use your horn sparingly.
Second, if you do encounter an angry driver, don't make matters worse by triggering a confrontation.
- Avoid eye contact.
- Steer clear and give angry drivers plenty of room.
- Don't make inappropriate hand or facial gestures.
- If you're concerned for your safety, call 9-1-1.