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What is aggressive driving behavior?

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Aside from health issues, other factors could impair a driver’s ability to safely maneuver behind the wheel, such as how they feel. Sometimes, individuals could feel stressed or agitated, which might show while driving. They might practice dangerous behavior on the road if they feel angry, also known as aggressive driving.

Unfortunately, this type of driving behavior happens frequently. In 2019, around 80% of drivers in a survey admitted to allowing their anger to affect how they drive. It is a significant concern because doing so could increase the risks of motor vehicle accidents. Aggressive drivers could deliberately disregard others’ safety, performing risky driving practices without considering the consequences. This behavior could include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Deliberately slowing down to annoy other motorists
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Refusing to signal when changing lanes
  • Driving in and out of traffic
  • Blocking other vehicles that are trying to change lanes or pass

The goal of these practices is to elicit a reaction from others. When someone responds negatively, the encounter could escalate into a fight, risking threats of violence and physical harm. Most of these altercations involve cursing, throwing objects and sideswiping.

Confronting an aggressive driver

Encountering an aggressive driver could be stressful. However, it is best to stay calm to avoid worsening the situation. Authorities recommend driving defensively and staying away from the aggressive driver’s vehicle. Prioritizing safety and evading their dangerous road maneuvers could help drivers reach their destinations safely.

However, some aggressive drivers could follow and target others on the road. If they do so, it might be best to call for help. Local law enforcement could interfere and de-escalate the confrontation as needed. Nevertheless, drivers should remain composed and focus on gauging the situation. It could help them determine the best course of action without endangering themselves and others.