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How should you react to an aggressive driver?

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2019 | blog

There are many behaviors that may result in car accidents, including aggressive driving. While this problem does not always get as much attention as drunk or distracted driving, Texas does have laws in place that punish aggressive drivers with a fine and possible jail time. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road, it is important to react in a way that limits the chances of a collision or confrontation. If you feel that you are in danger from an aggressive driver, you should call the police.

The Texas Department of Transportation provides information and safety tips for dealing with aggressive drivers. One of the first things you need to do is learn what counts as aggressive behavior. Some common examples of aggressive driving include tailgating, passing on the wrong side of the road and cutting in front of other cars. Aggressive drivers may also yell, honk excessively or use inappropriate hand gestures.

One of the most important things to do is to try to de-escalate any situations with an aggressive driver. This means that you should avoid doing anything that may encourage a confrontation or provoke another driver into a dangerous reaction. Keep yourself calm, and focus on driving safely. Honking your horn, flashing your lights and making eye contact may provoke an aggressive driver to additional unsafe actions. If possible, you may want to change lanes or pull over to allow the driver to pass you. You may also want to report aggressive and unsafe drivers to the authorities. You should stop in a safe location before using your cell phone.

This is general information on dealing with an aggressive driver, and it is not intended to provide legal advice.