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What is aggressive driving behavior, and why is it unsafe?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2023 | Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury |

Feeling frustrated, tired and stressed is normal. These emotions could come from various situations. However, they could have severe consequences if left uncontrolled, especially when driving.

Aggressive driving happens when someone intentionally exhibits dangerous road maneuvers and practices to elicit reactions from other drivers or vent their anger. Doing so could dramatically increase road safety hazards, risking collisions that might cause physical harm or fatalities. A driver’s aggression could translate into illegal or unsafe practices, including the following:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Running a red light
  • Switching lanes without using any signals
  • Deliberately shifting in and out of traffic
  • Purposely blocking other drivers from passing or changing lanes

These examples of aggressive driving could result in road accidents that could harm others and cause considerable damage. Additionally, these practices could cause road rage incidents. Unfortunately, these events might escalate into fights that could lead to injuries or death.

Aggressive driving is common

In the United States, it is common for angry drivers to engage in aggressive driving behavior. Millions have admitted to switching lanes, exceeding the speed limit and running red lights to target other drivers. Committing these unsafe habits out of anger or irritation could provide temporary satisfaction, but one collision or altercation could leave life-altering effects on the involved parties.

How to face an aggressive driver

Facing an aggressive or angry driver in public could be a scary experience. However, staying calm and maintaining a safe distance from these people is best. By practicing best driving practices, you could get through the situation unharmed. Still, if the driver targets you, follows you and makes you feel unsafe, call the local authorities immediately to de-escalate the encounter.