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Fleet safety tip: Aggressive driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines an aggressive driver as "an individual who commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or properties." This kind of driver expresses habits like tailgating, not yielding, yelling at other drivers and more. Aggressive driving has become a serious issue for drivers. In fact, 66% of traffic fatalities occur as a result of aggressive driving, according to the NHTSA.

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Here are some tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers:

  • Move out of their way - It's safer to let them pass rather than allow them to dangerously drive behind you
  • Don't challenge them - This could make the driver even more aggressive
  • Don't block the passing lane - Staying out of this lane reduces your potential contact with aggressive drivers
  • Pull over and dial 911 on a cell phone to report aggressive driving

Here are some tips to avoid becoming an aggressive driver:

  • Allow more travel time - Rushing is the number one cause for aggressive driving 
  • Stay relaxed - Taking a deep breath and staying calm can prevent developing dangerous driving habits
  • Drive below the posted speed limits - Speeding is the aggressive driving habit that leads to the majority of fatal accidents
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Do not retaliate against other aggressive drivers - Retaliation just creates two aggressive drivers
  • Remember that you can't control traffic - Traffic is frustrating but don't let it make you an angry driver

Aggressive driving creates a dangerous driving environment for everyone on the road. Use these tips to avoid aggressive drivers and avoid becoming one yourself.

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