Aggressive Driving Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates February as Aggressive Driving Awareness Month. An aggressive driver is defined as "an individual who commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." It’s estimated that over 6 million crashes in the United States are caused by road rage each year.

Aggressive Driving Actions Include:

  • Running red lights

  • Running stop signs

  • Passing vehicles on the right side

  • Speeding

  • Weaving between vehicles

  • Tailgating

  • Excessive honking of the horn

  • Using obscene gestures out of frustration

If You Encounter an Aggressive Driver Don’t:

  • Engage in reckless behavior by honking at the aggressive driver

  • Retaliate by flashing your headlights or high beams

  • Return any obscene gestures aggressive drivers may make at you

  • Challenge them by speeding up so they can’t pass you

  • Cut them off in retaliation

Remember to keep calm if you are confronted with an aggressive driver, and plan for traffic in your commute. If you feel a driver is being dangerous and jeopardizing the safety of everyone on the road, if possible, get the license plate on the car, the direction of travel of the aggressive driver, and call the police to report them when you are able to safely.