Aggressive driving is becoming a growing issue in Virginia, but, just what is aggressive driving? We've all seen it. It's the driver who speeds, weaves in an out of traffic, doesn't use turn signals and uses "hand gestures" that are less than polite.
Encountering an Aggressive Driver
- Always make sure you and everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. That is the best defense against an aggressive driver.
- Do not engage the other driver.
- Do not react to provocation.
- Do not make eye contact, or make any gestures to further aggravate the situation.
- Do your best to get away from the driver safely.
- Call local law enforcement or dial #77 on the interstate to report the aggressive driver to the state police. Be prepared to provide a description of the driver's vehicle, location, direction of travel and license plate number.
- If you are followed, drive to a police station or a busy public place. Do not drive home or get out of your car.
- Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
- If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive, and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
Avoiding Aggressive Drivers
- Allow plenty of time to get to your destination and plan your journey to avoid rush hours.
- Improve the comfort in your vehicle and understand that you cannot control the traffic.
- Don't drive when you are angry.
- Listen to soothing music when you drive.
- Listen to traffic and weather reports to learn of potential delays and hazards.
Being a Courteous Driver
- Do not tailgate.
- Use your horn sparingly.
- Do not block the passing lane.
- Provide appropriate distance when changing lanes after passing another vehicle.
- Use your signals to indicate a turn or lane change.
- Concentrate on your driving, not on your cell phone, stereo, passengers or other distractions.
- Avoid unnecessary use of your high beam headlights.