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A Little Courtesy Goes a Long Way to Combat Aggressive Driving

3/18/2013

At Mednick, Mezyk, and Kredo, we regularly work with clients who have been hurt in an Allentown car accident. Many times, aggressive driving is a contributing factor in the crash. One way to combat aggressive driving is to do everything possible to avoid conflict. Another way to combat aggressive driving is to ensure that you are driving in a manner that does not offend other drivers.

Adhering to the following driving strategies will help ensure that your driving is not provoking aggression in other drivers:

  • Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt. Forgive driving mistakes and do not assume the other driver is intentionally trying to offend you.
  • Drive courteously and avoid aggressive driving behavior.
  • Drive in the right lane and use the left lane for passing. Driving too slowly in the left lane may prompt aggression in other drivers.
  • Leave plenty of room when you are merging or changing lanes so that you do not accidentally cut another driver off. If you do cut someone off, wave apologetically. If someone cuts you off, slow down and make room for them.
  • Avoid tailgating—following the car in front of you too closely. If another car is tailgating you, signal and pull over to let them pass.
  • Use your horn very sparingly.
  • Do not yell, use rude gestures, or make faces that might anger another driver.
  • Use your turn signal whenever you merge, turn, or change lanes.

Aggressive driving is a serious problem in the United States—contributing to approximately 56 percent of all fatal car accidents. If you encounter an aggressive driver on a Pennsylvania road, the best thing to do is remain calm, avoid conflict, and get out of the way. If you have been seriously injured due to the negligent actions of an aggressive driver, an Allentown car crash attorney can help. Give us a call today at 888-807-9675 for a free case evaluation.

Category: Motor Vehicle Accidents

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