Aggressive Rochester drivers come in all shapes and forms, but generally fall into two categories: those who are angry at the world and those who are simply having a bad day, choosing, unwisely, to take out frustrations on other drivers. Occupying a motor vehicle can provide a sense of anonymity and lack of accountability that can encourage angry or combative drivers to engage in reckless behaviors on the road.
Aggressive drivers can speed, run red lights and stop signs, weave from lane-to-lane on busy highways and honk at drivers thought to be driving too slowly. They tailgate drivers going the speed limit, or even a bit above the speed limit. Once behind the wheel, there is nothing you can do to remove these aggressive drivers from the road, but, when confronted by an aggressive driver; there are a few things you can do to prevent the encounter from escalating.
Don’t let a sense of pride overcome your ability to think rationally and calmly. Avoid retaliation. Think about the possible consequences of your actions.
Because aggressive drivers love to make eye contact, try to avoid a return stare. Keep your eyes on the road and attention on the road in front of you. Ignore shouts or gesturing. If you have passengers, tell them to do the same.
If a calm demeanor does not defuse the situation, call the Rochester 911 dispatcher. If safe, you can continue along your route, or pull into a busy store parking lot or police/fire station. If the aggressive driver follows you, lock your doors and stay in your car until law enforcement arrives.
Some aggressive drivers have serious emotional problems and may even be suffering from a mental health issue. They can objectify other drivers, making them the subject of a deep-seated anger. It is important to keep these things in mind if you come face-to-face with an aggressive driver. While every situation is unique, it is probably a good idea to avoid any interaction until the aggressive driver leaves or the Rochester police arrive.
Please note that every encounter with an aggressive driver is unique, dependent on traffic and roadway conditions, among many other factors. The suggestions in this blog post are, of course, not meant to serve as a universal response to aggressive-driver encounters.
For more information, you can check out the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee website on Aggressive Driving.
If you have been involved in a Rochester car accident and suffered injuries due to the actions of an aggressive driver, call William Mattar today for a free consultation. We can help you get the compensation you need to pay for damages, medical bills and pain and suffering.