How to deal with aggressive drivers

Aggressive driving can refer to any form of aggression by a driver. Below are some tips to follow, if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road.

Common aggressive driving behaviors:

  • Running stop signs and red lights,
  • Speeding, tailgating, and weaving between lanes,
  • Passing on the right of a vehicle,
  • Making inappropriate hand and facial gestures, and
  • Screaming, honking the horn, and flashing headlights.

Guidelines to follow:

  • Attempt to safely move out of the aggressive driver’s way.
  • Do not challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Having your seatbelt on will secure you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an unexpected driving move. It will also protect you in the unfortunate event of a crash.
  • Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver.
  • Ignore gestures, and refuse to return them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you have a cell phone, and can use it while driving safely, call the police. Many have special numbers such as 9-1-1.
  • If an aggressive driver is involved in an accident down the road, stop at a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive, and report the aggressive driving behavior that you witnessed.