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What you should know about aggressive driving

Thousands of motorists fill the highways and roadways of Florida on a daily basis. Everyone is rushing to their destination, and a number of people get angry while doing so. According to data released by AAA, nearly 80 percent of drivers across the country admit to driving in an aggressive fashion at some point. Whether you are trying to get home from work or are rushing to get to an important meeting, it can be frustrating to be stuck in traffic. Yet, aggressive driving behaviors can quickly turn deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 56 percent of fatal car accidents involved aggressive driving behaviors. As a way to prevent these catastrophic accidents from occurring, you should be aware of the signs of road rage and know what to do if you see them.

The Insurance Information Institute lists several common road rage behaviors, including the following:

  •          Making improper turns
  •          Erratic lane changing
  •          Speeding
  •          Following too closely
  •          Failing to follow traffic signs and signals
  •          Falling to yield to other drivers’ right of way

Road ragers may race other vehicles, and swerve between lanes and other cars. People with road rage may honk their horn, use hand gestures or yell obscenities as a way to target other drivers. If this should occur, avoid making eye contact with the driver or exchanging words. Instead, you should contact law enforcement and alert them to the problem. This may minimize the chance of an accident.

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

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