Society is moving at a faster pace. The increased value of time is causing some drivers to be much more aggressive on the road, especially during the morning and evening commute. Some crazy, reckless drivers only see the traffic ahead of them as an obstacle to overcome at any cost. When we couple this with society’s becoming accustomed to instantaneous communications, the problem only gets worse. This dangerous attitude can place those who share the roadway in jeopardy of serious injury.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the definitions of aggressive driving and road rage are as follows:

Aggressive Driving

“The commission of two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive reaction of another driver.”

Road Rage

“An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.

Aggressive Driving & Road Rage Symptoms

Mentally condemning or thought of violence toward other drivers.

Verbally expressing condemnation of other drivers to passengers in your vehicle.

Not obeying traffic safety rules because you don’t agree with them.

Engage in aggressive and risky driving:

Following too close.


Weaving in and out of traffic.

Speeding up to beat a traffic light.

Cutting between vehicles to change lanes.

Using the horn excessively.

Flashing headlights excessively at oncoming traffic.

Braking to get others to back off your bumper.

Passing another driver, then slowing to teach them a lesson.

Read more at the Washington State Patrol website

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