What to Do When You Encounter an Aggressive Driver
Author: Auger Law | October 24th, 2016
There is little doubt that driving through Charlotte can be a test of patience. Traffic congestion and long commutes can make driving through the heart of the city nothing short of a headache. Throw in an aggressive driver or two and your drive can become downright dangerous. We have put together a few reminders of what to do when you encounter a driver who has lost their cool.
1. Concentrate on Driving
The first step to driving safely around an aggressive driver is knowing one is present. It’s easy to become distracted while driving. Technology, the radio and even other passengers can all take your attention off the road. When you don’t notice another driver maneuvering their vehicle in an aggressive manner, it’s hard to avoid them. Always keep your eyes open for drivers who aren’t operating their vehicles safely.
2. Don’t Tailgate
If an aggressive driver cuts in front of you, avoid the temptation to ride their bumper. Instead, back off and put as much distance between your two vehicles as possible. You never know what kind of moves an aggressive driver will make and if you are too close when they slam on their brakes, you could hit their rear bumper and be charged with following too closely.
3. Be Considerate
It’s important to be considerate of other drivers, even the aggressive ones. If someone is intent on getting in front of you, let them in. Being considerate will help you negate any possibility of road rage and ensure that you get where you are going safely.
4. Keep Your Distance
When you notice someone driving aggressively, put as much distance between you and the other driver as you can. It can be difficult to control your anger or frustration when someone is driving in an aggressive manner, but distancing yourself from that person by getting in a different lane is the safest option you have.
5. Alert the Authorities
If someone is driving so recklessly that they pose a danger of causing an accident, alert the authorities. Dial 911 and provide the dispatcher with your location and the license plate number of the driver. Do not give chase. Simply provide the information and let the officers who respond do their job.
Sharing the road responsibly is everyone’s job. If you notice that someone is driving aggressively or recklessly, do your best to not make the situation worse. Follow the tips above to help make your commute a safer one.
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