Ten tips to reduce aggressive and distracted driving:
- Obey posted speed limits. Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather.
- Always signal your intentions when turning or changing lanes. Avoid weaving in and out of lanes.
- Never run yellow lights. Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs. Don't block intersections.
- Don't tailgate.
- Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.
- On multi-lane highways use the left lane for passing only.
- Avoid distracted driving, especially if using a cell phone.
- Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn.
- Pay attention to the special needs of those who drive trucks and buses, ride motorcycles and bicycles, and pedestrians.
- Wear your safety belt. It's your best defense against an aggressive, distracted, or speeding driver.
If you encounter an aggressive or distracted driver…
- Control your emotions to avoid escalating the situation.
- Attempt to safely get out of his or her way.
- Avoid eye contact or obscene gestures.
- If a serious incident occurs, immediately contact the nearest police agency by safely dialing 911.
For more information on efforts to reduce aggressive and distracted driving:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Aggressive Driving Action Guide has more information on aggressive, distracted, and drowsy driving.
- The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) can help employers educate their workers about the costs and dangers of aggressive driving.