Fury on Four Wheels: Surefire Ways to Tell If You’re an Aggressive Driver
Aggressive driving is a huge cause of accidents on our roads. But did you know that you could be an aggressive driver without even realizing it?
It’s easy to see aggression in other road users, but it is often difficult to spot signs of aggression in your own driving. Here are some surefire ways to tell if you have aggressive tendencies while driving on the road.
How Can You Tell If You’re An Aggressive Driver?
There are a number of classic behaviors of aggressive drivers that you may be familiar with. For example, do you find yourself making hand signals to other drivers or shouting at them when they do something that annoys you? Or do you find yourself driving close behind another vehicle and revving your engine when you think it is going too slowly?
These are obvious signs of aggression, but some signs can be more subtle.
For example, do you speed away at the lights as soon as they turn from red to amber? And when the car in front of you fails to move quickly, do you slam your hand down on the horn?
Driving too fast can also be a sign of aggression because it suggests you only care about getting to where you need to go without any concern for other road users. In fact, speed is a major factor in road accidents, and simply by slowing down you can increase your safety and the safety of others on the road. The Federal Highway Administration has some good facts on speeding and accidents that you may want to read over.
Another aggressive behavior is switching lanes quickly and without warning, which can be very dangerous.
How to Control the Rage
If you are in an accident caused by a driver that displayed negligence, you could be able to claim compensation. However, you don’t want the negligent driver to be you, so make sure you control your aggression on the road.
Even if you do not consider yourself an aggressive driver, we all have bad days. Sometimes it can be all to easy to boil over, and this is when accidents can occur. Emotions can have a negative effect on our driving, so how can you get control over your aggressive tendencies?
Get into the habit of leaving earlier so that you are not in a rush. The more you rush, the more frustrated you will become when the traffic stops moving. You should also try to avoid driving in peak traffic times if you can help it.
It’s also a good idea to plan your journey in advance. Even if you know the route, check on your GPS or an app beforehand to find out if there are any expected delays, and plan an alternate route if necessary.
If you regularly find yourself becoming angry on the roads, try listening to some calming music or an audio book.
And most importantly, make an effort to avoid taking anything personally. Some people will always get aggressive behind the wheel, so make an effort to ignore them.
Steer Clear of Conflict
Don’t let yourself become involved in an incident because you fail to control your aggression. Look out for these common signs of aggressive driving, and take steps to control your frustration on the road to avoid being involved in an accident.
Max Bradshaw is a mechanic, and has been in the job since leaving school. He has recently discovered that he enjoys writing and sharing his knowledge and so has started submitting his work to websites for publication – His name in lights at last!