Everyone’s prone to a little bit of frustration on the road every now and again. Often, road raging is only dangerous when drivers act on their impulses. It doesn’t matter if a driver is just having a bad or if they’re just naturally inclined to be hostile, aggressive driving can cause serious injuries.
It’s not every day that you’ll run into an aggressive driver, yet, it’s the fact that you may have little experience handling aggressive drivers that can lead to an accident. When dealing with a driver who’s tailgating, brake checking or speeding past you, you may need to know what to do. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
1. Don’t engage the aggressive driver
It’s often people’s first instinct to match the aggression level of another driver. This could immediately lead to an accident. Instead, you may consider avoiding interacting with the aggressive driver, even if they blow their horn or shout at you and continue to agitate you.
2. Stay focused on the road
The main thing to remember is that you need to focus on the road, not what another driver is doing. You have places to be and people to see and this driver isn’t either one of them. If you’re struggling to ignore the aggressive driver, you may consider pulling over to a safe place or turning on the radio.
3. Let the aggressive driver pass you
Ultimately, the aggressive driver likely just wants to pass you and get on with their day. It may be best to let them pass you to avoid an accident.
Even if you took every precaution, you can still end up in an accident if another driver let their emotions take the wheel. If you’re injured in a collision, then you may need to reach out for legal help.