Avoid Aggressive Driving During the Holidays

holiday-aggressivedrivingThe holiday season is in full swing, and Christmas is right around the corner. Shopping for last minute gifts and preparing for holiday get-togethers can be stressful. Couple that stress with increased traffic, and there is a greater risk for car accidents. The holidays are meant to be a time of giving and merriment, but often time drivers are overwhelmed and irritable. In order to avoid a car accident caused by aggressive driving follow these helpful tips to stay in control on the road:

  • Understand that there will be increased traffic during the holidays, so allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Concentrate on the road and avoid unnecessary distractions, like a phone call that may increase frustration.
  • Follow the posted speed limits and avoid reckless maneuvers, such as running red lights.
  • Don’t drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.

It is up to the driver to control his/her own emotions while driving, but what about other drivers? What should you do if you come across an aggressive driver?

  • Make sure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts.
  • Get out of the way of the driver as safely as possible.
  • Do not engage the driver with eye contact or gestures that may cause further aggravation.
  • Ignore any gestures made by the other driver.
  • Stay calm and continue to follow the rules of the road.

Stress from the holidays can cause frustration, which may increase the amount of aggressive drivers on the road. In order to stay safe this holiday season remember to keep your emotions in check on the road, and don’t let other drivers phase you. Instead of letting frustration come out in your driving, think about the time you will spend with your friends and family. No one wants to deal with car accident injuries or car damage over the holidays, so keep the above tips in mind and have a safe holiday season.

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