Don’t Let Your Emotions Affect Your Driving

aggressive-drivingWhat is aggressive driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines it as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”  Many times drivers resort to aggressive driving due to stress.  They could be in a hurry to reach their destination, or dealing with issues at home or work.  It is important to keep emotions in check while driving because any reckless maneuver could result in a car accident.  In order to help avoid a car accident and the accompanying injuries, follow these helpful tips to stay in control on the road.

  • Know that traffic is often inevitable, so allow sufficient time to reach your destination.
  • Avoid any unnecessary distractions, such as a phone call that may increase stress or frustration.
  • Follow the posted speed limits signs.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Don’t let other drivers affect your driving

You are only in control of your driving, so what should you do if you come across another driver driving aggressively? Here are few things to keep in mind should you cross paths with an aggressive driver.

  • Make sure to always have your seat belt on and all your passengers are wearing theirs as well.
  • Safely get out of the way of the aggressive driver as soon as possible.
  • Ignore any gestures made by the driver and avoid eye contact.
  • Do not engage the driver with any gestures that could cause further aggression.
  • Try to stay calm and keep your concentration on the road.

Stress can lead to frustration among drivers, which can turn into aggressive driving.  It is important to try and react calmly when faced with an aggressive driver.  If you, yourself, become frustrated behind the wheel, keep in mind the above tips to help avoid a car accident.  Aggressive driving can lead to potential injuries for not only the driver but other drivers on the road as well, so remember to stay in control of your emotions the next time you are out driving.

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