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What you should know about aggressive drivers

If you have lost your temper or gotten frustrated over other peoples' driving behaviors while navigating the streets in Cleveland, you are not alone. Many people get overwhelmed when stuck in traffic or caught behind a slow driver, especially when they are late for an important appointment or meeting. According to AAA, at least 80 percent of drivers admit to driving aggressively and experiencing anger while behind the wheel.  When the frustration graduates to aggressive driving behavior, however, drivers start to put the lives of other people on the road in danger. You may want to stay on the lookout for the signs of road rage in an attempt to avoid a potential car accident.

Aggressive motorists display hazardous driving behaviors, which include the following:

  •          Following too closely behind another vehicle.
  •          Speeding up and slowing down.
  •          Honking the horn excessively.
  •          Switching lanes erratically.
  •          Using profane language or cursing at other drivers.

People who have road rage may fail to obey traffic signals, pedestrian crosswalks or traffic signs. They may fail to yield to another vehicle's right of way or pull out in front of other cars. AAA also reports that approximately 56 percent of deadly accidents in the U.S. involve a form of aggressive driving. Furthermore, men are three times more likely to be aggressive while driving than women. It is crucial that you are able to identify these aggressive driving behaviors so you can stay safe on the road.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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