Aggressive driving and resulting road rage incidents lead to many accidents, injuries, and, sadly, even deaths. As we move into the summer months, where more drivers will take to the road, we have some tips to help you to protect yourself and avoid these behaviors.
Scary Statistics Concerning Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
AAA projects that a record number of travelers will be on the road this summer. Unfortunately, that will probably also result in increased aggressive driving behaviors and road rage incidents.
Aggressive driving and road rage are undeniably present on our roadways. Aggressive driving is typically defined as behavior worthy of a traffic offense but without intent to cause harm. These behaviors range from excessive speeding to tailgating to running red lights. Road rage, meanwhile, is a criminal act of violence.
Some of the statistics related to these behaviors are eye-opening.
According to AAA:
- Nearly 80% of drivers demonstrated "intense anger or aggression" behind the wheel, according to a survey from last year.
- At least 1,500 people are injured or killed every year in the U.S. on average as a result of aggressive driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 2% of aggressive drivers admit they've tried to run other cars off the road.
- 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
Finally, according to Geico, aggressive driving plays a role in 66% of traffic fatalities.
Tips to Avoid Dangerous Driving Situations
These tips will help you resist aggressive driving behaviors:
- Drive Defensively
Driving the right way will stop you from falling into aggressive driving behaviors and defuse aggressive drivers around you. So, always make sure you keep both hands on the wheel, are aware of everything going on around you, follow the speed limit, and use your turn signals. You should also avoid distractions as well as not tailgate.
- Keep Calm
There's just something about traffic that brings out negative emotions in just about everybody. Do your best to keep calm and collected when behind the wheel. For example, listen to music that puts you in a good mood. Or, you can try podcasts or audio books to keep you entertained. Another good tip is to always make sure you are on time. It's much tougher to be calm and patient in a rush.
- Remember: It Takes Two to Tango
Many aggressive driving/road rage incidents involve two motorists trying to "one up" the other or "pay them back." So, do your best to be a polite and courteous driver. This means: try not to do anything that causes another driver to change their speed or direction, avoid aggressive driving behaviors, avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers, don't make gestures. Also, don't do anything aggressive in response to another driver's actions — this is how situations escalate.
The Bottom Line
You can do your best to avoid the dangers of aggressive driving and road rage by following these tips. If, however, you are here seeking an auto loan, Auto Credit Express wants to help.
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