What Is Aggressive Driving?
Aggressive driving is defined as deliberately driving in a manner that increases the risk of an accident and is motivated by hostility or impatience. There are several things that can be categorized as aggressive driving. This includes things such as weaving in and out of traffic, improper signaling, driving too close to other cars, blocking traffic and making obscene gestures while driving.
Aggressive driving is an extremely common behavior. In fact, many people are driving aggressively, and they do not even realize it. There was a survey taken by the EOS Gallop Europe that showed 66 percent of people have admitted to driving aggressively.
Why Do People Drive Aggressively?
There are several things that can cause aggressive driving. Some people get frustrated because the roads are too congested. Others drive aggressively because they are rushing to get somewhere quickly. Stress is another factor that can play a role in aggressive driving. Many people are thinking about the problems at home and work while they are driving.
Additionally, roads have become a lot more crowded over the years. In many places, there has not been enough road construction done to meet the demand of growing traffic. Keep in mind that aggressive driving is contagious. When drivers see other people on the road driving aggressively, they are likely to engage in similar behavior. However, reacting to aggressive driving always makes things worse.
The Dangers Of Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. In fact, it is estimated that aggressive driving played a role in about 56 percent of the accidents that occurred between 2003 and 2007 according to a report that was done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are approximately 6.8 million accidents every year. This means aggressive driving plays a role in about 3.8 million accidents every year.
Ways To Avoid Aggressive Driving
There are many things that you can do to avoid aggressive driving. If possible, you should try to avoid driving during the times that you know the traffic will be congested. You should try to avoid driving during times when you are upset. Additionally, you should try to remain courteous and polite even if the other driver is not. If you’ve been in an accident caused by aggressive driving contact our firm today!