February is Aggressive Driving Awareness Month
If you’ve ever been cut off in fast moving traffic, you know how your blood can start boiling at the nerve of the other driver. After all, you’re following the speed limit and are driving appropriately, so why should someone else get away with such crazy behavior? Although most people aren’t going to do anything more than shake their fist at the other driver, there are a lot of others who take it one step farther. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that over 6 million crashes in the United States are caused by road rage.
That’s why it’s so important to sit down and reflect on how you handle yourself while out on the open road, and with February being Aggressive Driving Awareness Month, now is a great time to do it. To start, you can get a quick assessment of how aggressive you can be while driving by taking this AAA quiz and measure your hostility on the road.
Even if you aren’t an aggressive driver yourself, you could encounter someone who is at any time. For your own safety, follow these tips while driving to protect both you and your family from road rage:
- If someone is honking their horn or gesturing at you, ignore them and drive on. Don’t make eye contact with the other driver.
- Stay out of the other driver’s way, pulling over somewhere well populated and letting them pass by you.
- If you feel they are being dangerous to everyone on the road, get the tag on the car and call the police to report them when you are somewhere safe.