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Aggressive drivers can cause fatal accidents

Many drivers can identify with a situation where they are stuck in traffic for a prolonged period of time or in a rush to get to their destination and they begin to experience feelings of aggression. According to a AAA study, approximately 80 percent of drivers agree that they have suffered serious anger and rage while driving amongst other motorists. While some degree of anxiety is normal, too much stress and anger can lead to road rage, which can be a significant risk to other drivers on the road. Interestingly enough, men are reported to be three times more likely to experience road rage than women.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, at least 15 states have legislation addressing aggressive driving behaviors. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that drivers who are found acting in an aggressive manner may be fined up to $200 for each violation and in some cases, could spend time in jail.

It is crucial that motorists are able to spot the signs of a driver with road rage so that they can do everything possible to avoid that driver. Some signs of aggressive driving include the following:

  •          Excessive horn honking, hand gestures or yelling obscenities.
  •          Blocking drivers from passing.
  •          Speeding up and then slowing down in an attempt to get through traffic.
  •          Tailgating or driving extremely close to another driver.
  •          Switching lanes erratically and cutting people off.

Motorists who encounter an aggressive driver should never engage in a battle, but rather ignore the driver and avoid eye contact. Drivers should simply move out of the way in order to avoid becoming involved in a catastrophic car accident. 

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