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Avoiding Aggressive Drivers While On The Road

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Avoiding Aggressive Drivers While On The Road

Terry Brown
May 23, 2006

“The best way to handle aggressive drivers is to not be an aggressive driver yourself. And the second thing is to avoid those who are behaving aggressively by not reaching to them.”

This is what Steve Kohler said. Steve Kohler is the spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol. And what he said is very true. After all, as the popular saying goes, you can never make a situation right by doing another wrong. What is important in the case of driving on the streets and roads with aggressive drivers is just to remain calm and in control. According to statistics and studies, drivers in and between the ages of 18 and 26 are the most frequently involved in road rage incidents and collisions.

If you do encounter aggressive drivers while you are driving, you should be very aware that you would only be getting them more upset if you follow them too closely. What you should do is to allow at least a three-second time interval between your car and the car ahead of you. On the other hand, if someone looks like he’s tailgating you, you should not slam on your brakes. What you should do instead is to simply signal and then pull over. Let them pass. At least, you’ll be safe and your head would be cool enough to know what you are doing.

When you are driving, make sure that you clarify your intentions and your plans. Use your turn signals. Use your brake lights. Make sure that other motorists and drivers know just what you are about to do. What turns a person’s head into complete hotness is when another motorist or driver would suddenly do something that would cause other people surprise or distress.

Other motorists should also be given the benefit of the doubt. You see, these other drivers who might be speeding or constantly changing lanes might be running off to some emergency. The driver might be a doctor, a volunteer fireman, or maybe even an undercover cop.

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