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How to identify the signs of an aggressive driver

Navigating the roadways of California can be tedious, especially if you are running late to work or rushing to an appointment. If you have ever been in a situation where you have lost your temper while behind the wheel, you are definitely not alone. According to AAA, nearly 80% of drivers have lost their temper at some point within the last year. Becoming angry while driving can be dangerous, as it can cause people to engage in risky and hazardous driving behaviors.  In fact, nearly 56% of deadly car accidents involve people who were engaged in aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding. 

Not only is it important that you refrain from engaging in these behaviors, but to also spot them in other drivers so that you may avoid becoming involved in a catastrophic collision. These may include the following:

  • Yelling obscenities or using gestures toward another driver

  • Erratic lane changing or blocking another driver from switching lanes

  • Following too closely behind another vehicle or tailgating

  • Failing to follow traffic signals, traffic signs or pedestrian crosswalks

  • Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way

  • Speeding or racing other vehicles

If and when you encounter a driver with road rage, you should avoid eye contact or interacting with them. Rather than exchange words or gestures, it is best to alert law enforcement officers. The proper officials can often take care of the problem and potentially stop an accident from occurring. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 



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