When you come across traffic or slow or inexperienced drivers, driving can become a frustrating. You might feel the need to speed up, make sudden lane changes and pass drivers. However, it’s important to note aggressive maneuvers can cause serious injuries.

Aggressive driving and road rage can lead to a dangerous or even fatal car crash. In fact, in 2018 alone, nearly 10,000 people died from accidents involving speeding. Understanding aggressive driving habits that you might be guilty of and minimizing rage or the desire to rush on the road can help keep you become a safer driver.

What is aggressive driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, typical aggressive driving involves a series of moving traffic offenses that put other drivers at risk.

Aggressive driving can include:

  • Speeding: Even if you aren’t intentionally trying to harm others around you, speeding makes the road less safe for others. This is because it can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and it increases the distance it takes you to come to a full stop. Meaning if you had to make a stop to avoid an accident, you might not be successful if you are driving too fast.
  • Signaling: If you don’t let a car know that you are trying to get in front of them or are about to turn, collision can happen. Cars collide even when proper signaling happens, so it’s crucial to always offer an advanced warning and respect the warnings other drivers offer you.
  • Recklessness: Making reckless moves on the road can also cause danger on the road. This can include weaving in and out of traffic, switching your speed and making sudden stops.

How can I put aside road rage?

Planning ahead and keeping your calm on the road can help you avoid risky forms of driving.

Here are some tactics you can use to prevent aggression or rage on the road:

  • Give yourself ample time to reach your destination
  • Respect the speed limit
  • Avoid streets with heavy traffic
  • Put on music or news to help you get through rush hour
  • Obey traffic laws and pay attention to road signs
  • Don’t go behind the wheel when you are clearly in a bad mood
  • Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

There is room on the road for everyone, so there is no need to treat the road like a race track or battlefield.