Tip Sheet: When Confronted by Aggressive Drivers

When confronted by aggressive drivers…

  • First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Wear your seat belt. It will it hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver, and it will protect you in a crash.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel. Obviously only do this if you can do it safely while pulled over, or ask a passenger in your car to make the call. Many states or cities have special numbers to call for roadway emergencies (e.g. 9-1-1 or #77).
  • If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.

Source: Consumer Healthday