I drive roughly the same route every day, and a good portion of the drive is on the freeway. Countless times I witness overly aggressive drivers, and I do my best to avoid them and keep a safe distance.
This morning I watched a red truck come up behind me in the far left lane, I couldn't go any faster, and there was a car in front of me, but he was determined to make me speed up and get closer to the car in front of me, now lessening the safe distance between myself and the car in front of me. He then passed me on the right, and wedged himself between myself and the car in front. He gained nothing by the move, only creating a very unsafe situation for all of us.
I watched him weave in and out of traffic for 15 minutes, and he never ended up more than a car or two ahead of me. So I asked myself, why drive so aggressively to seemingly gain very little.
So what should you do when you see an aggressive driver?
- Don’t respond aggressively. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold your position in your travel lane.
- Do what you can to keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles.
- If it’s safe to do so, change lanes and let them continue on their way.
- Ignore any gestures they may direct at you.
- If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, and report the aggressive behavior that you witnessed to emergency personnel.
While we can’t control the driving behaviors of those around us, we can do our best to protect ourselves and those travelling with us by being courteous drivers. It’s always best to keep calm and focused on the task at hand. Driving isn't a competition and it isn't a race, it’s a responsibility.
If you've been involved in an Automobile accident as the result of an aggressive driver, and want to know your legal rights, schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your case with Richard Breen Law Offices at 2950 Breckenridge Lane Suite 3, Louisville, KY 40220 if you are in a car accident. You can call at 502-473-0579.