For Texas drivers, dealing with long lines of slow-moving traffic is a common occurrence. Between road closures for construction, big rigs and accidents, frustration is often high. Drivers may take reckless action in these situations. We frequently represent clients injured in car accidents as a result of aggressive driving.
Aggressive driving tactics
According to AAA, almost 80% of drivers experienced bouts of aggression, anger or road rage. When drivers deliberately take unsafe action, authorities may consider it aggressive. A significant number of roadway crashes result due to this type of driving. Common behaviors that fall into this category include the following:
- Blocking other vehicles from passing or changing lanes
- Cutting another driver off, then slowing down
- Lane changes without signally
- Running red lights
Weaving in and out of traffic and using high beams at night to “get even with” or to punish other drivers are also dangerous, aggressive driving tactics. Road rage occurs when aggressive driving escalates. Although it includes obscene gestures and cursing, it becomes deadly when drivers retaliate by sideswiping or ramming other automobiles. Forcing other vehicles off the road might injure or kill occupants of all cars involved in the incident.
Avoid road rage
Geico provides tips that can help drivers avoid road rage. Running behind schedule is one of the most common reasons for aggressive behavior. Drivers who build extra time into the commute for traffic delays can remain calm and refrain from unnecessary risks. Do not use the horn unnecessarily. Honking out of frustration does not improve the traffic situation. It might increase the stress of everyone nearby. Aggressive driving that worsens to road rage might result in a life-altering crash.