Driving on busy, crowded roadways can be stressful. But aggressive driving is never the answer. Aggressive driving is defined as “the act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.” Here are tips on how to avoid it:
- Relax first before heading out.
- Give the roadway your full attention.
- Try to give other motorists the benefit of the doubt.
- Refrain from driving slowly in the left lane.
- Don’t take other people’s driving behaviors personally.
- Give yourself plenty of time for traveling and factor in delays.
- Know that you may be delayed.
- Take a deep breath and accept it.
- Slow down as conditions warrant
- and keep a safe following distance.
- Avoid making any gestures that might anger another driver.
- If another driver is determined to get in front of you, just let him or her.
If you are confronted by an aggressive driver, make every reasonable attempt to get out of the person’s way.