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Fleet safety tip: Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving is the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle with little to no regard for others. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 78% of respondents rated aggressive driving as a serious traffic safety problem.

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Signs of an aggressive driver

Automotive Fleet discusses possible signs of aggressive driving to look out for while on the road:

  • Driving ten miles or more under the posted speed limit
  • Exceeding the speed limit by at least 15 mph
  • Sudden lane changes
  • Failure to yield
  • Pressuring other drivers to speed up
  • Tailgating
  • Running red lights
  • Flashing high beams
  • Passing on the shoulder

In 2014, speeding resulted in 18.8% of fatal crashes, sudden lane changes resulted in 8.5% and failure to yield led to 6.9% of fatal crashes, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

How to avoid aggressive driving

It is important to keep your cool while driving for not only your own safety but for the safety of others on the road with you. The AAA says that aggressive driving plays a role in 66% of traffic fatalities and 50 percent of people who encounter aggressive behavior will respond in the same way. Here are some ways to avoid aggressive drivers:

  • If someone is tailgating you, move over
  • Use kind gestures towards other drivers to avoid aggressive situations
  • Take your time
  • Plan for delays during your journey
  • Avoid distracted driving
  • Remain calm during aggressive situations
  • Keep a safe distance between vehicles
  • Drive the posted speed limit at all times
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