Aggressive driving is a combination of moving traffic violations that endanger both people and property. These are actions that put the safety of others at risk.
Aggressive driving takes many forms and does not have to occur habitually to be a problem. Regardless of why individuals behave this way, aggressive driving is a serious concern.
Aggressive driving examples
Although many of these driving behaviors occur intentionally and try to provoke a reaction from other drivers, some behaviors are more subtle and only take place when a driver is under stress or some other pressure. Awareness and intent are two key factors in determining aggression. Several examples of dangerous driving actions include:
- Persistent honking at a slower car
- High-speed lane changes
- Flashing headlights at other drivers
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Cutting drivers off
Speed does not always factor into aggressive behavior, but the risk associated with speeding in heavy traffic can make speeding an example of aggressive driving. Simple acts of aggression can also escalate into road rage.
Accidents with aggressive driving
Risky behaviors on the road can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. When speed is a factor, there is a higher likelihood of more serious injuries. Tailgating can cause accidents that involve whiplash, while weaving in and out of traffic can lead to broken bones and lacerations if two cars collide. Fatalities can occur when cars spin out of control, flip and create multiple-vehicle pileups.
Aggressive driving is a safety concern for anyone on the road, and the risks associated with an accident have long-term consequences. Never respond to someone else’s aggression. Call the police and report what you witness.