Aggressive driving contributes to 56 percent of all fatal car crashes. How to avoid becoming a victim, from J. Peter Kissinger, president of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:?
- Take the high road. If a driver makes an obscene gesture, don’t respond in kind — it will only escalate the situation. In fact, avoid eye contact altogether.
- Give them space. Let angry drivers get well ahead of you, or change lanes.
- Don’t give them a reason to be angry. Are you driving too slowly in the left lane? Did you cut off other cars or take 15 seconds to notice the light was green? If you’re guilty, give an apologetic shrug or wave, or mouth “Sorry.”
- Report it. “We’re not advocates of using cell phones if you’re behind the wheel,” Kissinger says, “but in a situation where you think there is a dangerous driver, don’t hesitate to call the police.”
From Reader’s Digest – August 2009