According to AAA, Sixty Percent of Motorists Admit to Losing
Their Temper While Driving
BURNSVILLE, Minn.--Aggressive driving kills, says AAA Minnesota/Iowa.
More than half of
fatal crashes involve some form of aggressive driving—speeding,
another driver off the road, tailgating or yelling obscenities.
A 2008 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 80
percent of respondents consider aggressive drivers to be a serious
traffic safety problem. However, many of those same people said they
drive aggressively. Relatively minor driving infractions — changing
lanes without signaling, following too closely, driving too slowly,
honking at other drivers — can easily escalate into potentially
altercations. Not every incident turns violent, but 60
percent of motorists admit losing their temper while driving —
also known as road rage.
AAA recommendations to avoid aggressive driving:
Signal when changing lanes and merging. Avoid cutting off other
Do not drive slowly in the left lane. If faster traffic wants to
move to the right lane.
Allow a two to four second space between your car and the vehicle
ahead of you to prevent tailgating.
Keep your hands on the wheel. Obscene gestures often incite other
Do not take other driver’s actions personally. There may be a
why another driver is speeding or driving erratically.
Give aggressive drivers lots of space.
Avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers.
Get help. If possible, drive to a safe public place where you can
and call police. Going to your home leads a potentially violent
to where you and your loved ones live.
Do not get out of your car.
Adjust your behavior
Forget winning; driving is not a contest.
Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going. Eliminate
need to rush.
Practice relaxation. Soothing music and deep breathing help you
at your destination in a calmer frame of mind.
If you find yourself driving angrily on a regular basis, ask for
An anger management course may dramatically change your attitude.