Who Are Aggressive Drivers, and How to Avoid Them

There are times in life when it’s good to be aggressive. These include, but are not limited to: playing sports, fighting off an angry raccoon or snagging the last donut in the break room. But there are also times when it’s bad to be aggressive — like when you’re driving.

Aggressive drivers aren’t just annoying to the cars around them, they’re also one of the biggest factors in highway collisions. Let’s take a look at some of the main behaviors of aggressive drivers, so that you know how to spot them on the road and can steer clear of driving aggressively yourself.

They’re Definitely Not Defensive Drivers

Be Aggressive, B-E Aggressive ... is not the motto.

Think: improper lane changes, passing where it’s not allowed, changing speeds suddenly, not obeying traffic signs or not signaling. Much like your mom’s liverwurst, aggressive drivers stink and should be avoided at all costs.

They Have Some Road Rage

Agressive Drivers Are Impatient

Aggressive drivers might honk unnecessarily, flip you the bird or shout obscenities. These people clearly have no chill, and it’s best not to engage with them. Me thinks there needs to be an anger management class for people with road rage. Oh wait, there is — and it’s called Defensive Driving (ya know, like how you’re supposed to act on the road?!). Some people need to take this for realz, y’all.

They Don’t Understand Following Distance

Aggressive Drivers Tailgate

No, not the kind of tailgating that involves cold brewskis, chili dogs and football jerseys. Aggressive drivers tailgate by following the car in front of them wayyyy too closely. These peeps don’t understand the meaning of personal space and could seriously use a lesson on following distance.

They Endanger Other Drivers

Aggressive Drivers Prevent People From Passing

Trying to safely pass the grandma in front of you? An aggressive driver might block your path or rapidly change speeds so that you can’t move over a lane. Just calmly wait until they’re done with this shenanigans before you try to pass.

Know anyone who displays these behaviors? Do you display these behaviors? Get you a Defensive Driving course that’ll teach you how to avoid driving aggressively. Let’s be safe out there, guys. The saying “better safe than sorry” never rang truer.

Make sure to check out the rest of our safe driving videos for more tips to keep you in control on the road!