Aggressive Driving: What You Need to Know

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Defensive Driving Tips

So you’re driving along minding your own business when all of the sudden you notice a car abnormally close to your rear bumper. “How annoying,” you think to yourself. You’ll teach him. If he wants to follow you so close, you’ll just slow down. Right? Wrong! By purposely slowing down yourself you are now just as guilty of aggressive driving as the guy behind you.

What exactly is aggressive driving?

Aggressive driving covers a large range of driving behaviors that are stemmed from hostility, competition, or selfishness. You already know that aggressive driving can be seen in the form of tailgating or purposely slowing down when being tailgated, but it can also be seen in speeding, quickly changing lanes multiple times, and any other behaviors that disregard the safety of others around you.

Why should I care?

Well, for starters, if you are caught driving in an aggressive way you will at the very least get a traffic ticket. The tickets for aggressive driving can range from a minor infraction like careless driving up to a much more serious offense of road rage. Depending on the severity of the charge, this will include a fine and may even cause you to have to go to court. It may also result in increased insurance premiums and a mark on your permanent record.

If a ticket is not enough of a scare tactic, what about a car accident? Not just a fender bender, but a full-on, potentially fatal car accident. In fact, according to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing “aggressive drivers kill two to four times more people than drunken drivers.” If your aggressive driving causes a fatal accident that you are lucky enough to survive, you will be faced with criminal charges that will undoubtedly change the outcome of your life.

How Can I Prevent Aggressive Driving?

I’m glad you asked! There is actually a lot you can do to calm yourself down on the road so you can stay safe.

  1. Plan ahead. The main reason people drive aggressively is because they are in a hurry to get somewhere. When traffic does not go exactly as they had hoped, the aggression starts to build. If you leave extra time for the unexpected you can rest easy knowing that even if there is a traffic build up you will be okay.
  2. Don’t take it personal. Another cause for aggressive driving is another driver doing something stupid. If you get cut off, remember that it’s not about you. Do not retaliate. Instead, assume they have a screaming kid in the car or they are on their way to the hospital.
  3. Pretend there are no barriers. Oftentimes people get so mad by other people’s driving that they get physically upset, and the anger quickly translates into their driving. Instead, pretend like all the physical cars are gone and it’s just you and the people around you standing in the road. If someone cuts you off in line at a movie theater, you wouldn’t make a scene by screaming and yelling at them, would you? So why do it in your car?
|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 81047 ratings and reviews.

Mike TX, United States
Easy to do
David TX, United States
Video options save a lot of time
Caleb
Over all it’s been very easy to deal with. So thanks
Fernando
sign up process is quick and simple!
Erica
Easy so far. I like the options
James
Easy and fast to sign up for.
hunter
easy set up
Octavio TX, United States
I enjoyed the intuitive ease of use.
Brooke
Easy to use
Laura
Simple and convenient.
Maria
user friendly
James
Easy website use
CLAIRE
Quick and to the point!
jaiden
quick and easy
Derek TX, United States
simple and fast
Aaron TX, United States
Two thumbs up!!!
Hope United States
Easy process
Jere
Great
Lindsay
easy and self explanatory
Francisco
best price
Garrett
Clear and simple explanations of the differences between the video and text course. Quick and straightforward registration and payment process.
Crystal
Very clear and easy to follow
Allyson
Quick and easy registration
James
quick
Nicholas
Awesome!
Ty
Very Easy to Register
John United States
It's a good resource
Haley TX, United States
It was simple, and easy to get my ticket from going on my record!
Bonnita United States
Great website
Baylee TX, United States
It's easy and self-explanatory
Timothy
Very Good!!
stephen
Easy to find and to work with. Site is very good.
Amanda
Easy to use
johnny
very professional
Allen
easy and fast
Michelle
Wonderful course
Baleigh TX, United States
very quick and easy to start the process and love the fact that you can complete at anytime on a desktop, or mobile device.
Rolando
really fast and smooth. love it
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course