Aggressive driving means driving under the influence of “impaired emotions.” While aggressive driving is responsible for 27,000 traffic-related deaths each year, it is a lifestyle choice. So, people can choose to change.
The following questions may help you identify if you’re an aggressive driver. When you’re on the road, do you:
- Express frustration. Do you take your frustration, anger, or anxiety out on other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians? Do you make obscene hand gestures, scream, or make threatening facial expressions? Honk your horn, flash your lights, or rev your engine?
- Speed. Do you often receive speeding citations? Do you travel 15 mph over the speed limit? Drive as fast as you feel like? Do you “gun it” and slam on the brakes? Do you race other cars?
- Passengers refuse rides. Do passengers tell you they feel scared?
- Make frequent lane changes. Do you weave in and out of traffic to pass cars? Make frequent lane changes? Pass on the right or in the grass?
- Fail to obey traffic devices. Do you run red lights? Do you go through stop signs? Fail to stop for pedestrians or yield to traffic?
- Feel angry and stressed. Do you feel anger, frustration, aggression, anxiety, stress, rushed, or in a hurry?
- Feel lack of concern for other drivers.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be an aggressive driver. What should you do?
- Relax. Slow down and use breathing techniques.
- Listen to calming music.
- Drive the posted speed limit.
- Avoid high traffic areas.
- Leave early and give yourself extra time.
- Decide to be late. Just be late, if all else fails.
- Use public transportation or ride with another driver.
- Attend an aggressive driving course.
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