There are all kinds of reasons why someone exhibits aggressive behavior behind the wheel. Maybe a driver is having an awful day when the stress piled up, the kids wouldn’t cooperate, their boss gave them a hard time, and they reached a breaking point.
Whatever the cause, nothing justifies aggressive driving.
According to AAA, aggressive driving can be characterized by some of the following:
- Teasing other drivers by getting in front of them and intentionally traveling at a crawl
- Misusing brakes or headlights to taunt drivers
- Tailgating or interfering with other vehicles that try to pass
- Gesturing at other drivers
Road rage is aggressive driving that is ramped up to an even higher level of dangerousness. It can include actions like sideswiping or ramming another vehicle.
The best thing you can do is protect yourself from these behaviors by knowing how to react if an aggressive driver crosses your path.
What should you do if you have a run-in with an aggressive driver?
Keeping composed can be challenging under these circumstances, but it can stop the situation from deteriorating further. Try these suggestions from the AAA:
- Let some things that other drivers do just go by even if they irk you
- Don’t gesture at or attempt to stare down the other driver
- Pull over and let them pass if safe to do so
- Reach out to 911 if you are in peril
You can never predict or control who you share the road with. If an aggressive driver causes you to crash, see if compensation for your injuries is possible.