Life in the fast lane causes accidentsAggressive driving is a leading cause of accidents. It is often a factor in rear-end collisions, failure-to-yield the right-of-way, and hitting a parked vehicle or pedestrian. You might be an aggressive driver if you:
- Express frustration. Taking out your frustrations on your fellow motorists can lead to violence or a crash.
- Fail to pay attention. Reading, eating, drinking, or talking on the cell phone can lead to accidents.
- Tailgate. This is a major cause of crashes that can result in death or serious injury.
- Make frequent lane changes. If you whip in and out of lanes, you endanger other motorists.
- Run red lights. Never enter an intersection on a yellow light. Treat a flashing red light as a stop sign.
- Speed. If you drive faster than the posted speed limit, engage in “road racing,” or drive too fast for road or weather conditions, you’re speeding.
- Plan ahead. Know your route and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
- Concentrate. Don’t talk on the phone, eat, drink, or put on makeup while driving.
- Relax. But remember to be aware of your environment and not lose your focus on the road.
- Drive the posted speed limit. Fewer crashes occur when vehicles are traveling at or about the same speed.
- Identify alternate routes. Even if a new route looks longer on paper, it may be less congested.
- Just be late. If all else fails, just be late.
- Get out of their way.
- Do not challenge them by speeding up or trying to hold your own in your travel lane.
- Avoid eye contact—it can enrage an aggressive driver.
- Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
- Report serious aggressive driving to the police.
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