Aggressive driving is the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers, or is likely to endanger, a number of people or properties. Illegal car racers and anything that resembles it are most often classified under this category. However, people may be guilty of aggressive driving if they discretely do any of the following: speeding, tailgating, yelling, passing on the shoulder of the road, cutting off another vehicle, slamming on brakes in front of a tailgater, improper hand or facial gestures at the other drivers, and ignorance of red lights and stop signs.
Maybe a simple word of advice I can give you is to avoid aggressive drivers. I’m pretty sure this is a cliché, but believe me, this is practical. Aggressive driving is a serious problem, which is responsible for many traffic accidents and fatalities. It is for your benefit if you avoid aggressive drivers and the potentially dangerous situations that they can cause. But, the road is for everyone to share, so if you encounter an angry or aggressive motorist:
- Do not retaliate or, in any way, engage the other driver. Get out of the way.
- Don’t make eye contact. Instead, keep your eyes on the road.
- Keep your doors locked and your windows up.
- Keep enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you to pull out from behind.
- Do not underestimate the other driver’s potential for aggression.
Don’t be an aggressive driver – never eliminate the fact that you may become one also. Don’t let stress, anger, and frustration get the best of you while driving. Be patient and courteous. You cannot drive as safely when you’re tired or weary as when you are rested and relaxed.
Listening to soothing music and audio books will help, but the best way to stay alert on the road is to get enough night’s sleep. Another way to avoid the possibility of road recklessness is to allow extra time to get to your destination. Most of the time, rushing causes untoward incidents; it always pays to be early in your appointments.
When possible, change your schedule to avoid traffic congestion. If you’re faced with a bumper-to-bumper traffic, give other drivers the benefit of the doubt, especially if they make mistakes. Hey, even skillful drivers make mistakes too; all drivers can make mistakes. Last and most certainly not the least, it’s always better to avoid all conflict. Sometimes, we have the tendency to defend ourselves, but I think the best defense that you can do to yourself is to simply let it go, even if you’re right.