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How to share the road with an aggressive driver

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Depending on how often you drive and where your routes are, you may have to share the road with aggressive drivers. Such experiences are likely to be frustrating and even frightening for you, especially if they cause you to drive a little aggressively as well.

Here are some tips for dealing with aggressive drivers.

Do not share

The easiest way to deal is to not share the road with the driver at all. That is, you might be able to change your route midtrip or stop for a coffee. If the problem is that the driver is trying to get around you, let the driver do so, or take your own steps to get out of the driver's way.

Minimize interactions

While you might have to stay on the road with the driver, you can take steps to minimize your interactions. For example, you can stare straight ahead and ignore any rude comments or gestures the driver makes toward you. Likewise, you can avoid eye contact and refrain from challenging the driver.

Check your own safety

Check that you and your passengers have your seat belts on. In addition, be extra cautious about staying off your cellphone and avoiding other distractions.

Call 911

In some cases, you might feel like your safety or the safety of others on the road is under attack. You can call 911 to report the aggressive driver. If possible, give the car's make and model and license plate number as well as locations. Of course, if noting down the license plate number means more exposure to the aggressive driver, make do with whatever information you have on hand.

Watch out for a ripple effect

Aggressive driving can breed aggressive driving, so make sure that you are still changing lanes safely, letting other drivers merge, touching the steering wheel comfortably versus gripping it and giving yourself enough time to reach your destination.

If you have been in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you have rights. You may be able to recover compensation so speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

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