Preventing and Handling Aggressive Driving

Aggressive drivingThe Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau defines aggressive driving as two or more violations of an aggressive nature, such as speeding, tailgating, or improper lane changes.

State and local police are asking the public to help them prevent needless injuries and deaths caused by aggressive driving. Remember, bad driving is costly — in time, tickets and higher insurance bills.

Massachusetts law enforcement recommends the following tips to reduce aggressive driving:

1. Obey posted speed limits.
2. Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather.
3. Always signal your intentions when turning or changing lanes.
4. Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs.
5. Never run yellow lights.
6. Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.
7. On multi-lane highways, use the left lane for passing only.
8. Avoid distracted driving, especially if using a cell phone.
9. Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn.
10. Pay attention to the needs of those who drive trucks and buses, ride motorcycles & bicycles, and pedestrians.
11. Wear your safety belt. It’s your best defense against an aggressive driver.

If Confronted By an Aggressive Driver:

— Control your anger to avoid escalating the situation.
— Attempt to safely get out of his or her way.
— Avoid eye contact or obscene gestures.
— If a serious incident occurs, contact the nearest police agency.
— If using a cell phone, pull over at a safe location and dial 911.

So let’s show each other some Road Respect.