We all know how angry some people can get at the nerve of another driver in traffic. Many people just shake their fist at such crazy behavior and aren’t going to do anything about it, but there are some who take it a step further. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 6 million crashes in the United States are caused by road rage.
According to the NHTSA, “drivers who routinely speed, run red lights and stop signs, tailgate and otherwise disregard the safety of other motorists are turning our highways into high-risk arenas. Of the approximately 6,800,000 crashes that occur in the United States each year, a substantial number are believed to be caused by aggressive driving.”
That’s why it’s important to a take a moment to reflect on how you handle these types of situations on the road. For starters, take this quick AAA quiz and see how aggressive you are as a driver.
But even if you’re not an aggressive driver, you will probably encounter someone who is not as polite as you. Here are some tips on dealing with aggressive drivers from LifeSafer:
- If someone is honking their horn or gesturing at you, ignore them and drive on. Don’t make eye contact with the other driver.
- Stay out of the other driver’s way, pulling over somewhere well populated and letting them pass by you.
- If you feel they are being dangerous to everyone on the road, get the license plate on the car and call the police to report them when you are somewhere safe. Many states have specific phones numbers for you to report aggressive driving.
DCH Paramus Honda and the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation urges everyone to drive safe this month and every month. For more safe driving tips visit the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.