Aggressive driving tactics like tailgating and changing lanes erratically may not seem all that dangerous, but they can have devastating consequences. People who let their anger and frustration affect their driving might feel like they are in control of the situation—and their vehicle—but even a simple error or misjudgment could cause a catastrophic crash.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, aggressive driving contributes to a significant number of fatal wrecks every year. Some of the most common aggressive driving tactics include:
- Failing to yield;
- Passing where prohibited;
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals;
- Making illegal turns; and
If you were hurt in a collision with someone who was not following the rules of the road, turn to Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident, interview witnesses, and help you pursue the maximum payout possible. Visit our website at www.eellsandtronvold.com to learn more, or call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free case evaluation with an injury lawyer in Cedar Rapids.
Read on to learn how you can keep your cool and avoid road rage when behind the wheel:
- Do Not Engage
If another motorist tries to engage you in some kind of interaction, simply ignore him or her. This is one of the single most effective ways to avoid road, and it happens to be the easiest. After all, what’s easier than doing nothing?
- Turn on the Radio
Honking horns, yelling motorists, and screeching tires are enough to stress anyone out, and if you’re already in a bad mood, the sounds of traffic are only going to make it worse. Turn on the radio to one of your favorite stations, and let the music help assuage your anger.
- Plan Ahead
Running late is incredibly stressful, and it can make you more prone to anger when behind the wheel, especially if you hit traffic. Always give yourself plenty of time to make it to your destination, and take into account factors like roadwork and rush hour when planning the route.
- Keep Your Hands off the Horn
You should only use the horn to alert inattentive motorists of your presence. It may be tempting to honk at a reckless or aggressive driver, but doing so will only add stress to an already tense situation.
- Take Evasive Action
If another motorist is exhibiting aggressive behavior and ignoring him or her is not working, make evasive maneuvers instead. Change lanes, slow down, and put more space between you two.
Unfortunately, even if you do everything possible to keep your cool and avoid engaging angry motorists, there is no predicting what those around you might do. If you get hurt in an accident with a reckless or aggressive driver, turn to Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC.
We take great pride in helping the injured recover the compensation they need to move on with life. Contact us online or call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free consultation with an injury attorney in Cedar Rapids. You can learn more about collision claims in Iowa by visiting the USAttorneys website.
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