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What contributes to aggressive driving?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Car Accidents

Aggressive driving causes a significant percentage of accidents. But what can cause a driver to engage in behaviors that endanger other road users?

Here is why a driver may be aggressive:

Habitual behavior

Some drivers habitually engage in risky behaviors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone who learned to drive aggressively may consider it appropriate and, in turn, drive as so routinely.

The NHTSA also states clinical issues as a contributor to habitual aggressive driving. For example, someone with chronic anger is likely to engage in road rage.

Additionally, a study showed that people who play violent video games are more likely to engage in unsafe driving habits in real life.

Response to specific situations

Aggressive driving is not always habitual. Most drivers who engage in aggressive driving are usually responding to specific situations, such as running late or an impairment caused by alcohol or other drugs.

A driver who is late for work or an important appointment may speed, tailgate or change lanes unsafely. A drunk driver may brake suddenly, change their speed abruptly or tailgate.

Further, the chances of aggressive driving during traffic congestion can be high.

How to avoid aggressive drivers?

Avoiding aggressive drivers may be more manageable when external factors are at play. For example, you can avoid roads with traffic delays.

It can be challenging to avoid a habitual aggressive driver or a drunk driver because they may still endanger you in the safest circumstances. But a few tips can help you. It’s crucial to focus on your driving, maintain your speed, avoid eye contact/ engaging and call the police if the behavior escalates.

If an aggressive driver injures you, consider legal guidance to learn more about your options.

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