Health & Safety

November 1, 2013

Road rage incidents not the only form of aggressive driving

Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety.

They’re right.

Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities. Although “road rage” incidents provide some of the most shocking views of aggressive driving, many common behaviors, including racing, tailgating, failing to observe signs and regulations, and seeking confrontations with other drivers, all qualify as potentially aggressive behaviors. Speeding is one of the most prevalent aggressive behaviors. Studies conducted by the AAA Foundation show that speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes.

Key facts about aggressive driving

• Many common behaviors qualify as “aggressive,” including speeding, tailgating, driving slowly in the passing lane, and other acts

• Aggressive behaviors account for more than half of all fatal crashes

• A single aggressive act by one driver can trigger escalating responses from other drivers

• 80% of drivers believe aggressive driving is serious or extremely serious

How to respond to aggressive driving

Don’t play their game. Back off and let them go on their way. Remember, it’s not a competition and it’s not your job to teach them a lesson.

Ignore honking and rude gestures. Don’t respond and don’t make eye contact.

Wear your seat belt. If an encounter with an aggressive driver results in a crash, your seatbelt will significantly reduce your chances of being injured or killed.

If you can do so safely, contact police with the vehicle description, license number, the location, and direction of travel.

Information for this article was obtained from: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/safety/motorist/behaviors/aggressive/response.htm and

https://www.aaafoundation.org/aggressive-driving?button=AggressiveDriving&gclid=CKeLhrCYiroCFXRp7AodrA8AHQ




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