10 tips to reduce aggressive and distracted driving:
- Obey posted speed limits. Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather.
- Always signal your intentions when turning or changing lanes.
- Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs.
- Never run yellow lights.
- Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.
- On multi-lane highways, use the left lane for passing only.
- Use extra care when talking on a cell phone while driving or while engaging in other distracting actions (changing radio stations, etc.). Ideally, pull over at a safe location to make a cell phone call.
- Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn.
- Pay attention to the special needs of those who drive trucks and buses, ride motorcycles and bicycles, and pedestrians.
- Wear your safety belt. It's your best defense against an aggressive or distracted driver.
If confronted by an aggressive or distracted driver…
- Control your emotions to avoid escalating the situation.
- Attempt to safely get out of his or her way.
- Avoid eye contact or obscene gestures.
- If a serious incident occurs, immediately contact the nearest police agency by dialing 911. If using a cell phone, pull over at a safe location and dial 911.