Q: What steps can I take to combat aggressive driving and reduce the risk of being involved in a Lebanon car accident?
At Schmidt Kramer, we often work with clients who have been seriously injured in a Lebanon car crash. Many times, we find that aggressive driving is a factor in the crash. One of the best strategies to combat aggressive driving is to avoid conflict with the aggressive driver. Another way to minimize aggressive driving is to do everything possible to avoid offending other drivers.
The following are some driving tips you can use to help prevent other drivers from becoming aggressive on the road:
- Be a courteous driver and do not drive aggressively yourself.
- Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt. Do not take their driving mistakes personally.
- Leave yourself plenty of room when merging or changing lanes so that you do not cut another driver off. If you accidentally cut someone off, give the driver an apologetic wave. If someone cuts you off, slow down and give them room to merge.
- Travel in the right lane and use the left lane for passing. Driving too slowly in the left lane may anger other drivers and prompt them to drive aggressively.
- Do not tailgate—follow another driver closely—even if you feel the other car is moving too slowly. If another car is following you too closely, signal and pull over to allow them to pass.
- Use your turn signal every time you merge or change lanes.
- Avoid using gestures that can anger another driver.
- Use your horn sparingly.
Aggressive driving is a contributing factor in nearly 56% of the fatal car accidents in the United States. Driving courteously and giving others the benefit of the doubt is one way to combat aggressive driving. It will help ensure you arrive safely at your destination. If you encounter an aggressive driver, the safest thing to do is to get out of the way and avoid conflict. Have you have been seriously injured in a car accident due to the aggressive or negligent driving behavior of another driver?
Contact a car crash attorney at 888-476-0807 for a free consultation. You may also wish to download a free copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident? for additional information.