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2.10 – Aggressive Drivers/Road Rage

2.10.1 – What Is Aggressive Driving?

Aggressive driving and road rage are not new problems. However, in today’s world, where heavy and slow-moving traffic and tight schedules are the norm, more and more drivers are taking out their anger and frustration in their vehicles. Crowded roads leave little room for error, leading to suspicion and hostility among drivers and encouraging them to take personally the mistakes of other drivers.

Aggressive driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.

Road rage is operating a motor vehicle with the intent of doing harm to others or physically assaulting a driver or his/her vehicle.

2.10.2 – Do Not Be an Aggressive Driver

How you feel before you even start your vehicle has a lot to do with how stress will affect you while driving.

  • Reduce your stress before and while you drive. Listen to “easy listening” music.
  • Give the drive your full attention. Do not allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cellphone, eating, etc.
  • Be realistic about your travel time. Expect delays because of traffic, construction, or bad weather.
  • If you are going to be later than you expected – deal with it. Take a deep breath and accept the delay.
  • Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt. Try to imagine why they are driving that way. Whatever their reason, it has nothing to do with you.
  • Slow down and keep your following distance reasonable.
  • Do not drive slowly in the left lane of traffic.
  • Avoid gestures. Keep your hands on the wheel. Avoid making any gestures that might anger another driver, even seemingly harmless expressions of irritation like shaking your head.
  • Be a cautious and courteous driver. If another driver seems eager to get in front of you, say, “be my guest.” This response will soon become a habit and you will not be as offended by other drivers’ actions.

2.10.3 – What You Should Do When Confronted by Aggressive Drivers

  • First and foremost, make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to react to them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location and, if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you have a cellphone, and can do it safely, call the police.
  • If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.

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Define road rage:

  • Taking the off-ramp without first getting into the proper gear
  • Driving just a few miles per hour above the speed limit to save a few minutes
  • The act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.
  • Operating a motor vehicle with the intent of doing harm to others or physically assaulting a driver or his/her vehicle.

Road rage is operating a motor vehicle with the intent of doing harm to, others or physically assaulting a driver or his/her vehicle.

You may have chosen this answer instead: "the act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others" - that is the definition of "aggressive driving." The difference is in the intention. Aggressive driving means you're driving aggressively and selfishly. Road rage means you've turned your anger on someone and you intend to hurt them.
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Define aggressive driving:

  • Driving just a few miles per hour above the speed limit to save a few minutes
  • Taking the off-ramp without first getting into the proper gear
  • The act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others
  • Staying in the left lane below the speed limit, angering other drivers

Aggressive driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.

Keep your eye on anyone you find driving aggressively. Remember, the moves they make may cause other vehicles around them to make erratic moves. Try to predict what might happen as the aggressive driver works through traffic.
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What should you do if confronted by an aggressive driver?

  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold your own in your travel lane.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to react to them.
  • First and foremost, make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • All these are correct

2.10.3 – What You Should Do When Confronted by Aggressive Drivers

  • First and foremost, make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to react to them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location and, if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you have a cellphone, and can do it safely, call the police.
  • If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
Do not escalate the situation! It's tragic how many avoidable accidents happen because drivers get emotional. Keep calm, put your ego in check, and remember you are a professional out there. You must perform to a much higher standard.
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