If you are the type of person who is always late or have a very busy lifestyle or job, then you're probably almost always in a hurry. This situation will almost certainly lead to aggressive driving. The best way to alleviate the situation is to allow yourself extra time to get from one destination to another. If you live a busy lifestyle, you may want to reward yourself with some breathing room each day to collect your thoughts.

Getting traffic tickets is not only expensive, but it can affect your insurance rates and even cause you to lose your driver's license. Most traffic tickets are issued for to driving too fast. High-speed driving is one of the most common forms of aggressive driving and is also the leading cause of fatal accidents. Slowing down is not only safer, but will also will save you lots of money in the long run.

Have you ever been driving down the road behind another driver and then see them pull over to the side of the road to let you pass? Most drivers, when tailgated, can usually put up with it for quite a while. However, if you're persistent and are driving extremely close, many a driver will simply pull over to let you pass after they've had enough. This should be considered a warning sign that you are driving too aggressively.

Answering this question should be a no-brainer, as we are all well aware how fast we drive. Unfortunately, when it comes to driving, awareness of a bad habit is not always enough. Using cruise control is one sure way to control your driving speed. If the road is too congested or winding to use cruise control, pretending there is an egg between your foot and the gas pedal can help. Slowing down is also a great way to save gas and of course lives.

Not only is starting and stopping quickly much more dangerous to yourself and other drivers, but also wastes a tremendous amount of gas. This is a very common form of aggressive driving that can easily be avoided. Anticipating a situation in front of you, such as a traffic light or traffic backup, and slowing down ahead of time can save frustration for yourself and others. Fast starts don't save you any time and only wastes gas.

Rear end collisions are among the most common forms of accidents and can often cause severe neck injuries. This type of accident is even more common at night and in inclement weather. Tailgating is also a common form of aggressive driving. Avoiding this dangerous situation is very simple. Under normal conditions, it is best to leave three seconds between you and the car in front of you. Allow even more time in adverse conditions. Use a stationary object, such as a road sign, to measure the time while you're driving.

Not only is giving obscene gestures to other drivers illegal, but is often responsible for transforming aggressive driving into the next level, known well as road rage. Road rage can than escalate into violence and injury and even death can occur, especially at high speeds. It is vital that you avoid obscene gestures entirely as they offer no benefit at all.

Car accidents while driving at high speeds on a freeway is the leading cause of traffic related fatalities. If the traffic is heavy, it is best to match the speed of the drivers around you and change lanes as little as possible. Frequently changing lanes puts you and other drivers at risk each time it occurs. This is because your blind spot is often involved, which means you may not necessarily see a vehicle approaching from behind. At high speeds, even a slight brush with a car can cause a spin out, or worse yet, a multiple car accident or pileup.

Your car horn is there for very good reason. Knowing when to use it is very important, but some drivers do not seem to know this. Your car horn should be used to notify other drivers of your presence if you feel they may not see you. The car horn's main purpose is to reduce accidents and help traffic flow smoothly and safely. Using your car horn too often will make people insensitive to the sound and may cause them to fail to respond when necessary.

If you have been through a stressful situation, such as a family fight or a stressful situation at work, you may want to ask someone else to drive for you or take some time to relax before getting behind the wheel. Most aggressive driving occurs when a person is stressed or under pressure. These situations also increase the likelihood of full-blown road rage.

Congratulations, you are among the most popular drivers on the road, except maybe to the dreaded aggressive driver. The only road rage you hear about is on the news and your chance of having a car accident are much lower than average. In fact, if you disregard inclement conditions or equipment failure, your chances of having an 'at fault' car accident are almost zero. You do not need to make any improvements in your driving habits. Drivers in your category are generally low stress older individuals who do not need to commute on a daily basis and live in a peaceful country setting. You are rarely late to events and meetings and don't encounter heavy traffic often.

Good work. It is probably a very rare moment that you catch yourself driving aggressively. When you do, you most likely catch yourself early on and correct it. Finally, based on your driving you probably have never been involved in any kind of road rage or were able to diffuse any situation that arose. You are less likely to have a car accident than the average driver. Research has shown that less aggressive drivers, like yourself, are generally older and have a very short commute or none at all. Drivers in your category usually live in a rural area.

It appears you keep your aggressive driving under control most of the time. There are a few areas you may need to work with to improve your level of aggression even more. Luckily, we become less aggressive as we grow older. People in your category rarely give obscene gestures to other drivers or get involved in road rage, however, excessive speed and extra horn blowing can often happen. Simply giving yourself a little extra time and choosing less congested routes and travel times should be more than enough to keep your aggressive driving to a minimum. This will also reduce your exposure to other aggressive drivers.

Although you are not an overly aggressive driver, you do have a tendency to drive aggressively more often than you should. People in your category are more prone to having a car accident or getting involved in road rage. Changing a few driving habits can go a long way to making you less aggressive on the road. Giving yourself extra time to reach your destination will reduce the stress and urgency, dramatically reducing the chances of driving aggressively. Drivers in your category generally live in more congested urban settings, have longer commutes and are younger in age.

Okay, you need to work on your driving habits right away. If you have not already had in accident, you are bound to have one in the near future. You also have a much higher risk of running into problems with the law. People who drive at your level of aggression are more than 10 times likely to have an 'at fault' accident than a non-aggressive driver. Aggressive drivers also make up the vast majority of people who lose their drivers licenses. Only DUI offenses rank higher. If you must commute to work every day, try changing your route from time to time, or better yet, stagger your travel times to and from work. Public transportation and carpooling are also options. Avoid driving when stressed and have someone else take the wheel if you must get somewhere. Finally, drivers in your category are generally very young, live in congested urban areas and have higher stress levels.


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Are you an aggressive driver? by Susanne Brown RSS Feed AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Have you ever wondered if you are considered an aggressive driver? Perhaps you are wondering what other people think of your driving, whether they are in the car with you, or drivers in other vehicles sharing the road with you. You can take our aggressive driver quiz and answer some simple questions about your driving habits and find out what kind of driver you are and whether you anger other drivers or make them feel at ease. The lower your ranking, the better. Answer the following questions as accurately and honestly as you can for the best results. Good luck.

Your results will appear here.

1. How often, when driving, are you in a hurry?

a) Never
b) Only on occasion
c) Rather frequently
d) Almost constantly


2. How often do you get traffic tickets?

a) Never gotten one
b) Once every few years
c) About one per year
d) Several per year


3. How often has another driver pulled over to let you pass?

a) Never
b) Maybe once or twice
c) Has happened several times
d) Seems to happen quite often


4. How fast do you drive?

a) At or below the posted speed limit
b) At or just above the posted speed limit
c) About 10 mph over the posted speed limit
d) As fast as I feel like it


5. How do you handle starts and stops?

a) I go very easy and gradually
b) I go with the flow
c) I accelerate and stop somewhat quickly
d) I gun it and slam on the breaks frequently


6. How much time do you leave between you and the car in front of you based on the time interval between when you both past a solitary object?

a) Three or more seconds
b) Two seconds
c) One second
d) Less than one second


7. How often have you given an obscene gesture to another driver?

a) Never
b) One or two times
c) Several times
d) Too many times to count


8. How do you handle heavy traffic on a freeway?

a) You try to go with the flow and stay at a safe speed
b) You drive a little faster than the flow of traffic and carefully switch lanes when needed
c) You drive faster than the flow of traffic and switch lanes whenever necessary
d) You drive as fast as you can and weave in and out of lanes constantly


9. How often do you honk your horn at other drivers?

a) Almost never
b) About once per week
c) About once per day
d) Almost constantly


10. How do you generally feel when you were behind the wheel?

a) Calm and at ease
b) Just a little bit tense
c) Somewhat uneasy and nervous
d) Extremely stressed and anxious


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Susanne Brown works for Softgame Company, maker of card games, video poker and puzzles. She works on the company web sites and does editorial work.

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