We have all encountered the Virginia aggressive driver; the person weaving in and out of lanes, not using his or her turn signal, barreling down parking lanes or hurling insults and hand gestures in all directions. Fortunately, there are some ways to deal with these aggressive drivers, courtesy of the Virginia DMV, and make sure that you continue on with your day unperturbed. Let calm heads prevail!
Tips To Deal With Virginia Aggressive Drivers
- Buckle up, everyone! The most effective defense against a driver committed to creating potentially dangerous situations is for everyone in the vehicle to be buckled up.
- Do not engage them or react to provocation. Avoid eye contact and do nothing to provoke the situation; that’s what they want you to do.
- Do what you can to escape the driver safely.
- If you feel threatened, call local police or dial #77 on the interstate and report the driver. Make sure to look for the vehicle make and model, direction, location and license plate number.
- If the aggressive driver follows you, do not go home or leave your vehicle; drive either to a police station or a busy public place.
How To Avoid Becoming An Aggressive Driver
- Plan your trip so that you do not have to rush and avoid rush hours when possible.
- Make your vehicle comfortable and remember that you do not have control over traffic.
- Listen to calm, relaxing music while driving.
- Avoid driving when you are angry or upset.
- Seek out weather and traffic reports so you can be ready for hazards or delays.
- Avoid tailgating; it’s just plain rude.
- Always use your turn signal.
- Use your horn only when necessary.
- Avoid blocking the passing lane.
- Focus on your driving, not on your stereo, cell phone or other passengers.
The Virginia personal injury attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with northern Virginia residents who have suffered a motor vehicle accident because of another driver’s negligence. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.