Family Car Advice: Watch Out For Aggressive Drivers

May 15, 2011

Aggressive driving--call it road rage, if you want--isn't just a danger for the driver losing their temper. It's a problem for everyone they approach and pass, which is why it pays to watch out for aggressive drivers and to know what to do when you encounter one.

What is aggressive driving?

Being antsy behind the wheel doesn’t necessarily constitute aggressive driving. So what does? Simply put, aggressive driving is operating a motor vehicle in a manner that either endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says aggressive driving occurs “when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

Law enforcement officials say any driver doing one of the following may be committing an act of aggressive driving:

  • Speeding
  • Repeatedly flashing the headlights
  • Repeatedly honking the horn
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off another vehicle
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Passing on the shoulder of the road
  • Yelling
  • Making improper facial or hand gestures at other drivers
  • Slamming on the brakes in front of a tailgater
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