Aggressive driving means that a driver is operating a vehicle in a manner that jeopardizes other peoples’ lives or property. It’s one of the most common reasons for car crashes. Statistics show that it causes even more accidents than drunk driving. When driving aggressively, people commit a lot of traffic violations, including speeding, running red lights, tailgating and weaving. Aggressive drivers often yell and make offensive gestures to other drivers and they always think it’s someone else’s fault whenever they get involved in an accident.
Speeding is one of the most common factors that lead to aggressive driving. A lot of people think that exceeding the speed limit by a small margin is not so dangerous and it’s justified if they are late for work or for some appointment. So, they cut you off, not paying attention to whether they are going to cause an accident or not. They run red lights, endangering other drivers’ and pedestrians’ lives. Red light runners are responsible for about 200,000 injuries per year.
There are multiple reasons as to why aggressive driving occurs so often. One reason is that are more and more vehicles on the streets and highways, which become too crowded and congested, so it takes more time for people to get to their destinations, which makes them anxious and frustrated, and that leads to aggressive driving. Other contributing factors to aggressive driving include stress and frustration caused by everyday problems that may not be related to the situation on the road at all.
Aggressive driving can easily transferable to other drivers. It’s easy to become aggressive if you see someone cutting you off or is driving too closely behind you. That’s why you have to stay calm and don’t respond in an aggressive manner. If you ever find yourself in a road rage situation, you should just back off, slow down and ignore all provocations. Make sure that you drive safely, with your seatbelt on and if the situation escalates, just call the police.
If you don’t want to become an aggressive driver, you should always plan ahead how much you need to get to your destination and leave on time so you don’t have to run red lights or exceed speed limits. Also, don’t get distracted by talking on the phone or focus your attention to the stereo or other devices.