Drive for Safety: the dangers of aggressive driving

12:36 PM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After a stressful day at work some drivers vent out their daily annoyances on the road.  That's when aggressive driving can happen.

Aggressive driving includes the most obvious ones like tailgating, speeding, and giving inappropriate hand gestures.  But it also includes exiting and entering the highway incorrectly, improper passing, and unnecessarily using your horn, highbeams, and breaks.

Road rage is taking aggressive driving to the next level in an intentionally physical way. It can sometimes be a criminal offense when a driver decides to retaliate with violence.  This could range from a physical confrontation to assault.  With nearly 7 million crashes happening a year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Maine State Police are urging people to take a deep breath and drive in a more calmly manner.

The Bureau of Highway Safety suggests these tips on how you can avoid driving aggressively:

- Lower your own stress.

- If you're being hassled by another driver, try not to react.

- Avoid making eye contact -- this is seen as confrontational.

- If a driver continues to hassle you or you think you're being followed, drive to the nearest police station or busy place to get help.

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