A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Safe Driving showed that 90 percent of people believed that aggressive drivers make the roads unsafe. In the same study, many respondents admitted to engaging in unsafe driving behaviors.
Aggressive driving has resulted in over 12,760 injuries and 218 murders during the past seven years.
There are a variety of reasons people give for driving aggressively. Some state that they drive aggressively because the other person kept following them too closely. Others say it was because the other person attempted to run them off the road.
How To Avoid Becoming a Victim of an Aggressive Driver
First and foremost, make sure you follow all of the rules of the road.
If another driver is angry with you, avoid making gestures or even eye contact. Things like rolling your eyes or shaking your head may make a driver who is already irritated even angrier. If you believe that you are being followed by an irate driver, you should not hesitate to ask for help. Contact the police if you have a cell phone.
You may also want to drive to a place with other people around, such as a hospital or grocery store parking lot. Avoid going home or getting out of your car if the aggressive driver continues following you.