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

Speeding
  •  In 2013, speed was a contributing factor in more than 15,000 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.

Road Rage

Road rage 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.

  • In 2013, road rage was a contributing factor in 232 Texas crashes.

What Employers Can Do 

The best offense is solid defensive driving skills. Talk with your employees about the risks associated with speeding and aggressive driving. Encourage them to adopt safe habits.
 
Talking Points on Speeding, Aggressive Driving
 
First, be a cautious, considerate driver. Avoid creating a situation that may provoke another motorist:
 
  • 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 is solid defensive driving skills. Talk with your employees about the risks associated with aggressive driving, and encourage them to adopt safe habits.
Sample Defensive Driving Policy
 
 
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