Driving comes with its inherent risks, but add an aggressive driver to the mix and it is a recipe for disaster. At one time or another, you probably had to deal with an aggressive driver, but the one thing you probably didn’t do is report it. It’s important to learn the signs of aggressive driving, how to protect yourself if you encounter one and how to report the offense.
Signs of Aggressive Driving
Aggressive Driving takes many forms, but the most common are speeding, tailgating and racing to beat red lights. Other signs of aggressive driving are weaving in and out of traffic, illegal passing, running stop signs and failing to yield to oncoming traffic. All forms of aggressive driving are dangerous and should not be taken lightly.
Protecting Yourself when Encountering an Aggressive Driver
If you find yourself dealing with an aggressive driver, it’s important to protect yourself. The first thing you should do is stay away from the driver and do not challenge them. While dealing with an aggressive driver can be frustrating, it’s important to stay relaxed and avoid eye contact, do not act disapproving and ignore any rude gestures.
How to Report Aggressive Driving
The first step is to contact 911. Have a passenger call, or pull over to a safe location and call yourself. The information you will need to give the dispatcher is a description of the vehicle, license plate number, the location of the incident, what aggressive behavior is being exhibited and if possible, a description of the driver. Let the police take over from here; do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle.
When you report aggressive driving, you help prevent needless accidents and injuries.
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