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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.
 
Opinion surveys show motorists rate aggressive driving as a top threat to highway safety, yet many do not identify their own behavior as aggressive. Crash data shows a continuous increase in the number of deaths and injuries attributed to speed. And the more congested streets and highways are, the more your employees will encounter aggressive and unsafe drivers on and off the job
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What's the Problem
 
Why Aggressive Driving Is Increasing

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 aggressivel

 

Speeding

  •  In 2012, speed was a contributing factor in more than 23,000 crashes in Texas. 

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. Speeding is a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and the economic cost to society due to speeding-related crashes is estimated to be $40.4 billion per year.

 

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.

 “You never know if the man or woman next to you might be crazy.” – Dr. William Glasser, Founder of the William Glasser Institute
 
Incidents that lead to aggressive driving behavior often are trivial in nature, and not something you might think would cause the explosions that characterize road rage. Violent traffic disputes rarely are the result of a single incident; rather, they are the cumulative result of a long series of troubles in the driver’s life. 

What Employers 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.
What's New 
 
Share the Road
 
Drivers may be fined up to $200 for each moving violation associated with aggressive driving and could spend time in jail. Learn more about sharing the road and avoid becoming an aggressive driver. 
 
Sensible Driving Saves Lives and Gas
 
Putting an end to aggressive driving behavior (speeding, rapid acceleration and breaking) is an effective way to save lives and gas money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sensible driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. This decrease is the equivalent to saving somewhere between $.18 and $1.19 per gallon. Specifically, observing the speed limit will greatly decrease your gas costs. Each 5 mph over 60 mph costs an additional $.25 per gallon. For more tips on efficient driving, visit fueleconomy.gov.
 
Addressing Aggressive Driving Webinar
 
Presented by James Solomon, Program Development and Training Director for the National Safety Council, this webinar addresses the issue of aggressive driving. It discusses signs of aggressive driving behavior and possible solutions to reduce aggressive driving on Texas roadways. Solomon also will explain how to incorporate safety solutions into your workplace safety program.
 
 
 
   
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