What you should know about aggressive drivers

Aggressive driving is a serious problem in Missouri and across the country. AAA reports that nearly 80 percent of American drivers say they have had feelings of anger and frustration while navigating the roadways. Whether you are late to an important appointment or meeting at work, it can be frustrating to get caught in traffic. When angry drivers engage in dangerous driving behaviors that put other drivers on the road at risk of becoming involved in a catastrophic car accident.

It is important to be on the lookout for aggressive driving behavior in order to minimize your risk of getting injured or killed in an accident. These hazardous behaviors include the following:

  •          Erratic lane changing or blocking others from changing lanes
  •          Speeding and cutting off other vehicles
  •          Excessive horn honking, using angry gestures or yelling profane language
  •          Tailgating or driving extremely close to another driver
  •          Failure to yield to traffic signals and signs

In some cases, people with road rage can get so irate that they purposely bump or hit into another vehicle. People may get out of their cars and try to start an altercation with another driver.

These things can all be extremely frightening. If you are confronted by or come into contact with an aggressive driver, the best thing to do is to avoid eye contact. Try not to get involved with the angry motorist or continue any yelling. You may want to contact law enforcement and alert them to the situation.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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