3 ways to handle aggressive driver encounters

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Potentially aggressive drivers are closer than you think. Unfortunately, many drivers are choosing to resolve disputes by resorting to violence or threats. With Connecticut ranking sixth in the country for road rage-related fatal crashes, knowing how to respond in such precarious situations may help keep you out of harm’s way.

Here are three strategies you may want to consider.

Avoid confrontation as much as possible

It can be frustrating to hold back after someone cuts you off or blares their horn. However, engaging with an aggressive driver might only infuriate them more and increase the risk for everyone involved.

Putting space between you might give you enough space to avoid the temptation of retaliation. It may help to remember that reaching your destination safely is more important than “winning” a meaningless fight.

Call 911 when necessary

You might feel that teaching an aggressive driver a lesson yourself is necessary, but you could be gambling with your safety. Even if they start pursuing you, do not engage. Focus on maintaining your distance, then pull over to a safe spot and dial 911.

The police are equipped to handle a crisis. Let them do their job and deal with the aggressive driver.

Reflect on your driving habits

Sometimes, road rage incidents result from the actions of more than one driver. After an encounter, take some time to assess your driving. You may have habits that are contributing to tension on the road.

Do you tend to text and drive? This could make you a slow driver and frustrate others. Is it hard for you to back down from a challenge? You may be more prone to engaging in risky driving behaviors.

Aggressive drivers are unpredictable. You can, however, control how you respond. Managing your behavior can help you avoid potentially dangerous situations.

If someone’s road rage causes you harm or damages, consider speaking to a personal injury attorney immediately. They can inform you of your rights and point you in the right direction if you decide to take legal action.


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