Aggressive drivers are reckless and impatient. They act without thought to their own safety or the safety of others.
Aggressive driving behavior includes:
- Unsafe lane changing
- Passing on the right or on the shoulder
- Excessive lane changes
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to signal
- Improper use of lights and horns
These behaviors can cause dangerous Missouri car crashes. In fact, most Americans consider aggressive drivers to be the biggest threat to their driving safety.
Road rage or road violence refers to deliberately dangerous or violent behavior while driving an automobile. It is more extreme than aggressive driving. Road rage includes:
- Shouting or yelling verbal abuse, obscenities, or threats
- Rude gestures
- Getting out of one's own vehicle to hit, bang or knock on another person's vehicle
- Throwing objects from a moving vehicle in order to damage other vehicles.
- Intentionally causing vehicles to crash
- Using or brandishing a firearm or another deadly weapon
- Using a vehicle to assault pedestrians or bicyclists
Both aggressive driving and road rage are against the law. This summer, Missouri State Highway Patrol officers will be using helicopters to catch for aggressive drivers. Agressive drivers may face reckless driving charges, but if the driving behavior causes injury it may also result in criminal charges.
You can avoid becoming a victim of road rage or aggressive driving, by following these tips:
- Avoid rushing. Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Don't cut off other drivers.
- Don't tailgate.
- Avoid driving slowly in the left or fast lane.
- Use your horn only in emergencies.
- Don't make gestures to other drivers.
- Avoid eye contact with an angry driver.
- Give an angry driver plenty of space. If necessary, allow him to pass.
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