If you've ever been passed on the wrong side, tailgated, cut off or hemmed in by another vehicle, you've been the victim of an aggressive driver. Drivers may be fined up to $200 for each moving violation associated with aggressive driving and could spend time in jail.

Avoid Becoming an Aggressive Driver

  • Keep your emotions in check. Don't take your frustrations out on other drivers.
  • Plan ahead and allow enough time for delays.
  • Focus on your own driving. Yelling, pounding on the steering wheel and honking your horn won't make traffic move any faster.

How to Avoid Danger

First, be a cautious, considerate driver. Avoid creating a situation that may provoke another motorist.

  • Don't tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.
  • If you're in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let the driver pass you.
  • Use your horn sparingly.

Second, if you do encounter an angry driver, don't make matters worse by triggering a confrontation.

  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Steer clear and give angry drivers plenty of room.
  • Don't make inappropriate hand or facial gestures.
  • If you're concerned for your safety, call 9-1-1.

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