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Aggressive Driving Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between aggressive driving and road rage?
Aggressive driving is driving behavior that endangers or is likely to endanger people or property. However, road rage is a criminal offense that occurs when a traffic incident escalates into a far more serious situation. For example, a person may become so angry over an aggressive driving incident that he or she overreacts and retaliates with some type of violence.
What do I do if I notice an aggressive driver?
If you are traveling on an interstate in Virginia and notice someone driving in an aggressive manner, dial #77 on your cellular phone. When you call, be sure to give a description of the driver's vehicle and the license number, location and direction of travel.
What causes aggressive driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving is caused by crowded roads, being in a hurry, road work, stress from other areas of life and dangerous driving attitudes.
How do I avoid being an aggressive driver?
To avoid being an aggressive driver, allow plenty of time to get to your destination, plan trips to avoid rush hours, improve the comfort in your vehicle, understand that you cannot control the traffic, don't drive when you are angry, listen to soothing music when you drive, and listen to traffic and weather reports to learn of potential delays and hazards.
Who is the typical aggressive driver?
Although individuals who exhibit aggressive driving behaviors cross all age, race, socioeconomic and gender lines, most aggressive drivers are relatively young, poorly educated males who have criminal records, histories of violence and drug or alcohol problems.
What is the most common offense committed by aggressive drivers?
Speeding is the most common offense committed by aggressive drivers.
What should I do if I witness an aggressive driver who is involved in a crash?
If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive, and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
What can I do if an aggressive driver follows me?
If an aggressive driver follows you, do not drive home and do not get out of your car. Drive to a police station or a busy public place.
What can I do if an aggressive driver tailgates me?
Get out of the way and let the aggressive driver pass.