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How to spot an aggressive driver

As you navigate the roadways, you may be used to sharing the road with many different drivers. Not only is it important that you drive safely, but you must remain on the lookout for other motorists who may be driving in a hazardous manner. Aggressive drivers are not uncommon, as people may get angry while rushing to get to an important meeting or appointment. It is crucial that you are able to spot the signs of an aggressive driver so that you can minimize your chances of becoming the victim of a catastrophic car accident.

Signs of aggressive driving may include the following:

  •          Speeding
  •          Erratic lane changing
  •          Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle
  •          Failure to yield to right of way
  •          Failure to obey traffic lights or signs
  •          Failure to stop at pedestrian crosswalks

People who are driving with road rage may not reduce their speed in work zones or pass other vehicles illegally by going through the median or on the shoulder of the road. They may make an improper turn or race alongside other vehicles. In some cases, drivers with road rage may use explicit language or use offensive hand gestures while yelling at other drivers.

There have been some incidents where extremely enraged motorists have gotten out of their vehicles and physically approached another driver with the intent to injure the person. When you find someone, who is driving in a dangerous manner, you should not engage in the behavior by yelling back or exchanging words. Instead, notify law enforcement of the problem so they can handle it properly.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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