Dealing with Aggressive Drivers

Aug 05

We’ve all dealt with them on the roadways. Whether or not we’re driving, they’re hard to overlook. They weave in and out of traffic, lay their horn down on other cars, tailgate those who drive the posted speed limit (or slightly under), and even throw items at other cars. Yup, you guessed it, the insane in the membrane aggressive drivers. They come from all over; no state or country is excluded from their menacing ways of operating a motor vehicle. So, how do we deal with them?

Your first reaction may be to do exactly as they are doing. Please, I’m begging you, don’t do this. Stop yourself from breaking your awesome defensive driving skills to stoop down to the level of someone who is driving erratically, poorly, and extremely dangerously. After all, we don’t need more motorists like this on the road! Instead, do your best to stay out of their way. If you’ve ever seen those “Keep Calm and…” posters, be sure to “Keep Calm and Drive On” in this type of situation! I am sure they already have a picture online for this saying. Google Search it.

Next tip of advice: don’t make eye contact. Like the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye ride at Disneyland, you must not look into the eyes of what could be a danger to you! Alright, the ride won’t hurt you if you look into the “eyes of the idol,” (I know, I’ve done it many times and I’m still alive and kicking!), but making eye contact with an aggressive driver can be exceptionally risky. As we don’t know what will set him or her off, directing your eyesight toward them could certainly rub them the wrong way and cause more anger and frustration. With a rise in irritation, the aggressive driver could become even more of a road hazard than they already are.

Last, but certainly not least, I suggest (as does NHTSA) that you call the police. Reporting an aggressive driver is as important as reporting a drunk driver. Similar to a child who is learning about what is right and wrong, aggressive drivers need to be taught the way they are acting on the roadways is inappropriate and dangerous! Now I know that some of you might think “calling the fuzz” is slightly harsh, uncalled for, or too much of a punishment, but by golly, do the right thing! Dialing 9-1-1 is one of the best things you can do to keep the roads safe when dealing with aggressive drivers.

Here’s an example for you: just the other night I had a run-in with an aggressive driver. Because she was unable to get around the car I was passenger in or the truck that was in the other lane, she decided to act aggressively and throw a child-like fit of rage. She tailgated both our vehicles, switched lanes an excessive amount of times, and laid her horn down for about 30 seconds. When a third lane opened up on the freeway and she could finally pass (illegally on the right-hand lane, mind you), she sped up then threw items from her vehicle at our car and gave us the bird as she hurried off. This, my dear readers, is an example of an aggressive driver.

Did I call the cops? Because it was safe for me to do so as the passenger, I certainly did. Not only was her constant tailgating, horn honking, and other driving habits unsafe, the way she decided to handle not being able to pass was absurd. I’ll let you know that both the car I was in and the other vehicle were already going slightly over the posted 65-mile per hour speed limit at roughly 70 MPH. It’s not as if we were sitting in the car yelling “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” or anything of the sort (for those Lord of the Rings fans). She was simply an impatient and hostile motorist.

Lesson? Drivers, you don’t have to put up with other motorists who jeopardize your life. If you feel as if you are in an unsafe situation on the roadways, do something about it! Don’t just sit back and let something horrible happen. And here’s some advice for the aggressive drivers out there: you are not in Mario Kart. Calm yourself down and drive safely. Your driving and throwing items at other drivers could cause fatal accidents. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

One comment

  1. Your above post can surely make us more conscious about the aggressive drivers and their reckless driving. You also pointed out the right thing that it is really so tough to be dealt with them. Though there are some reasons for their aggressive mood, but they should also be responsibly respectful to the others. They are not allowed to do anything that they want. They should be punished properly for their very very wrong doings. Everyone should follow and maintain the laws and regulations of driving. Then we will be safe.

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