Don’t Be an Aggressive Driver, and Avoid Others Who Are
You’re not an aggressive driver, you think. You would never lapse into a destructive fit of road rage, say. But what about those occasional bad days when you are faced with “traffic delays, time crunches, rude drivers, and stress,” asks idrivesafely.com. Your responses on such a day can be dangerous, even lethal. What exactly is aggressive driving? Some signs of aggression are reckless driving, speeding, not yielding the right of way, and ignoring traffic signs and signals that you judge to be unimportant.
Ask yourself: Are you always in a hurry? Do you slow down when you see a yellow light, or speed up to get through it? Do you know that a rolling stop is not an actual stop, but ignore the rule anyway? Are you often impatient and angry when driving? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are, in fact, an aggressive driver. If you can slow down and try to be aware and mindful of your bad driving habits, you will lower your stress levels and avoid possible tickets, collisions with vehicles or other obstacles on your road, and injury or worse. Statistics show that aggressive driving is the cause of more than half of fatal crashes.
You are an aggressive driver if you have ever passed another vehicle on the wrong side, tailgated, cut off or hemmed in another vehicle. Under Texas law, drivers may be fined up to $200.00 for each moving violation associated with aggressive driving, and could spend time in jail.
The Texas Dept. of Transportation recommends that you “avoid becoming an aggressive driver,” and “share the road.” Among the tips for achieving these desirable traits are:
- Keep your emotions in check. Don’t take your frustrations out on other drivers.
- Plan ahead and allow enough time for delays.
- Yelling, pounding on the steering wheel and honking your horn won’t make traffic move any faster.
- Avoid creating a situation that may provoke another motorist.
- Don’t tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.
- Use your horn as little as possible, and avoid eye contact with angry drivers.
- If you encounter an angry driver, don’t make matters worse by triggering a confrontation.
- Don’t make inappropriate hand or facial gestures.
- Steer clear and give angry drivers plenty of room.
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