Driving could come with specific risks, especially when you cannot control other drivers’ behavior. Sometimes, you could encounter an angry driver who maneuvers their car erratically, putting others at risk. This type of behavior is aggressive driving, one of the most common hazards on public roads.
Drivers could exhibit these unsafe driving practices to express ill will or disregard other drivers’ welfare intentionally. Doing so could be extremely dangerous, leading to collisions that might cause physical harm or fatalities. These deadly incidents contribute to around 56% of fatal traffic accidents.
Aggressive driving is widespread among drivers regardless of age and other characteristics. In 2019, around 80% of drivers admitted to expressing aggression while behind the wheel, influencing their decision-making and self-control while driving.
These emotions could manifest as dangerous driving behavior, including:
- Cutting off other drivers
- Running red lights and ignoring other traffic signals
- Failing to signal when changing lanes
- Deliberately blocking other cars
Doing these practices could cause collisions and even escalate into road rage incidents. If so, drivers could allow their anger to get the better of them and commit criminal acts, such as assault or murder. Road rage could be frequent, resulting in around 218 murders and 12,610 injuries out of 10,000 incidents.
Taking the high road
Encountering an aggressive driver could be stressful. Still, staying calm and managing impulsive behavior could help avoid conflict. You could also practice defensive driving techniques to maintain a safe distance from the aggressive driver’s vehicle. Doing so could help keep you out of the way if they lose control and crash.
Sometimes, confrontation is inevitable. They might follow or threaten you, implying their intent to cause harm. If this happens, call the authorities immediately. They could help de-escalate the situation and get back on your way safely. Regarding conflicts between drivers, it is best to take the high road by being understanding and forgiving to preserve your and your passengers’ safety.