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Thursday, February 07, 2008
How to Deal With Aggressive Drivers
▪ Aggressive, high risk drivers hide behind the anonymity of a moving vehicle and take their frustrations out on anybody, any time.
▪ Their level of concern for other motorists is low, while their frustration levels run very high.
▪ Their dangerous actions include running red lights and stop signs, speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, passing on the right, making improper and unsafe lane changes, making hand and facial gestures, yelling, honking, and flashing their lights.
▪ While they are speeding, they are following too closely, changing lanes frequently and abruptly without notice (signals), passing on the shoulder or portions of the roadway that are prohibited from being driven upon, and sneering at and/or threatening, either verbally or through gestures, fellow motorists who are luckless enough to be in front of them.
▪ When confronted by an aggressive driver, the first thing to do is get out of their way!
▪ Dangerous driving conditions are no place for pride. Do not challenge them! Don’t speed up, and don’t try to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
▪ Always wear your seat belt. It will protect you in a crash.
▪ Do not make eye contact with the aggressive driver.
▪ Ignore obnoxious gestures and do not to return them.
▪ Report aggressive drivers to 911 from your cell phone. Provide a vehicle description, license plate number, location, and direction of travel.
▪ If you see your aggressive driver involved in a crash miles down the road, stop a safe distance from the accident scene, wait for the police to arrive, then report the aggressive driving behavior that you witnessed.
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