The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “an individual committing a combination of moving traffic offenses that endangers other persons or property.” When a driver’s aggressive behavior becomes excessive and places other people who are on the road in danger, it is classified as road rage.
So, what can you do if a driver is aggressive toward you?
Try not to engage
Calming down an aggressive driver is not easy and could put you in more danger, so it’s best to avoid them whenever possible. At the first sign of trouble, pull over to the side of the road and allow them to pass by you. If they are following you, exiting the highway and driving to a police station can help to diffuse the situation.
Never engage with an aggressive driver who exits their vehicle to confront you. Keep the doors locked and the windows up. Then, call 911 for assistance.
What if an aggressive driver causes an accident?
If road rage leads to an accident, avoid interacting with the aggressive driver. Don’t acknowledge their ranting or their aggressive gestures. Instead, focus on the scene around you. If you can safely exit your vehicle, take a moment to check on any other people who may have been involved in the collision.
Call 911 as soon as possible. Explain what happened and provide any necessary details to the dispatcher. When help arrives, allow the emergency personnel to examine your injuries and take you to the hospital if needed. Once you are on the mend, consider seeking assistance to help you recover lost wages and the cost of hospitalization.