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Dealing with Aggressive Drivers: What Can You Do to Avoid Conflict?

Have you ever experienced fellow drivers acting aggressively on the roads? It’s not uncommon to see people get a little overly confident when they’re within the protection of their own vehicle. At times, it can feel like the entire world is running late to the most important meeting of their life. Many people are zipping and zooming around, constantly weaving in and out of traffic. You might also see fellow drivers catch a case of road rage when the flow of traffic doesn’t seem to be working with them. So what can you do when you’re stuck in a situation where you’re surrounded by aggressive driving? How can you avoid conflict on the roads?

Many drivers can be seen driving aggressively when they exceed the speed limit, weave in and out of other cars, follow too closely, or fail to obey traffic laws altogether. Road rage can sometimes stem from aggressive driving and cause a person’s emotions to rise greatly.

In any situation on the road, it’s best to remain calm. Try not to lose your own temper, and really think before you act. You want to keep your own emotions in check while also helping others drivers stay calm themselves. Try not to give anyone a reason to get angry. Aggressive driving and road rage can lead to accidents or face-to-face confrontations that are unnecessary and not at all worth it.

To prevent aggressive driving and road rage, it’s important to stay calm while driving. Chances are, other drivers’ mistakes were not meant to cause you to become upset – don’t take their mistakes personally. One of the best traits to practice regularly and adhere strongly to while driving is patience. Don’t attempt to take the right of way. Let other drivers give you the right of way. Don’t use your high-beam lights when you’re behind another vehicle. Consideration of other people on the road is crucial.

So what if you are being polite but other drivers are still driving aggressively around you? What can you do to defuse the situation? Avoid using anger impulsively to get your frustration out or maybe even to purposely get another driver’s feathers ruffled. It’s best to just let it go. If you’re cruising along in the passing lane and another car comes up behind you, put your turn signal on so they’re aware you’ll move into the next lane when it’s safe. It’s also a good idea not to make eye contact with an aggressive driver. Challenging a driver with road rage may set them off even more. Be the bigger person and remain patient and calm.

According to car accident attorneys in Jacksonville, Pajcic & Pajcic, one of the most common contributing factors to car accidents is aggressive driving. This accounts for more than half of all car accident deaths each year in the United States. Consider the tips above when confronted with an aggressive driver and keep your cool to avoid any accidents.

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