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How can I avoid aggressive drivers?

Aggressive drivers greatly increase the risk of an accident when on the road. In this case, it’s up to you to avoid people driving erratically or those overtaken by frustration or anger due to ever-increasing traffic. To ensure you and other motorists remain as safe as possible, Esurance offers the following advice. 

Leave room between vehicles

It’s best to leave ample room between yourself and other vehicles at all times. Tailgating is a common yet dangerous practice that can easily result in an accident if the driver in front of your stops short suddenly. Aggressive drivers are prone to making erratic, unexpected moves, which can leave you in a bad situation if you’re following too closely behind. Ensuring there’s enough room between yourself and other drivers also allows you to quickly change lanes if the car behind you is getting too close. 

Refrain from making eye contact

It’s tempting to respond to an angry driver in the same manner. You might feel the need to yell, honk, or even use an offensive hand gesture to show how you really feel. All of these actions must be avoided, as they’re likely to inflame the situation. In the same token, try to not to make eye contact with an aggressive driver. Even when done innocently, making eye contact could anger the person even further. Instead, keep your eyes on the road and your mind focused on the task at hand. 

Move out of the way

If you’re driving in the left lane and you notice a vehicle coming up quickly behind you, move to the right lane and allow the vehicle to pass. If you’re unable to move over at that moment, put your right turn signal on to show your intentions and move over as soon as it’s safe. This small gesture could be enough to smooth over a potentially volatile situation. 

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