Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving behaviors can include speeding, frequent and unnecessary lane changes, tailgating, and running red or yellow lights. These behaviors create unsafe situations and can lead to road rage.

What's the Problem

Why Aggressive Driving Is Increasing

  • Lack of responsible driving behavior – On the road, the focus often is on individual rights and freedom, not on responsibility to other drivers we share the road with. Driving should be cooperative, not a competitive sport.
  • Reduced levels of enforcement – The perceived risk of being apprehended for a traffic violation is directly related to the level of traffic enforcement. Unfortunately, many jurisdictions have cut back on traffic enforcement because of budget constraints.
  • More travel and congestion, especially in urban areas – Over the last 30 years, the number of miles driven in the United States has increased by 38 percent , while the number of miles of available roads has increased by less than 1 percent. Some motorists find themselves responding to the frustrations of driving in high-density traffic areas by acting aggressively.

Speeding

The economic cost to society due to speeding-related crashes is estimated to be $40.4 billion per year—$76,865 per minute or $1,281 per second.

Driving too fast makes it harder to react to dangerous situations, reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, and increases the force of impact in a crash. In 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and more than 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related accidentscrashes.

Road Rage

Road rage is different from aggressive driving in that it involves using a vehicle as a weapon with intent to do harm. It is a physical assault of a person or vehicle as a result of a traffic incident—this is a criminal offense where you can go to jail.

What You Can Do

Reduce Your Own Aggressive Driving Tendencies

  • Keep your emotions in check. Don’t take your frustrations out on other drivers.
  • Plan ahead and allow enough time for delays.
  • Focus on your own driving. Yelling, pounding on the steering wheel and honking your horn won’t make traffic move any faster.

How to Avoid Danger
First, be a cautious, considerate driver. Avoid creating a situation that may provoke another individual.

  • Don’t tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.
  • If you’re in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let the driver pass you.
  • Use your horn sparingly.

Second, if you do encounter an angry driver, don’t make matters worse by triggering a confrontation.

  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Steer clear and give angry drivers plenty of room.
  • Don’t make inappropriate hand or facial gestures.
  • If you’re concerned for your safety, call 911.

Defensive Driving Policy

The best offense to aggressive driving habits is solid defensive driving skills. Talk with your employees about the risks associated with aggressive driving, and encourage them to adopt safe habits whenever they are behind the wheel.

Sample Defensive Driving Policy



 

 

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