If you have been driving any length of time at all then you have encountered an aggressive driver.
There are many reasons why a driver might be driving erratically or aggressively: They may be emotionally charged due to a recent event, late for an important appointment, under the influence of legal or illegal drugs and / or alcohol, immature, caffeine charged, feeling empowered because of perceived anonymity, they may have a personality disorder or a video game mentality. They may even have nefarious intentions.
Potential / Probable Instability
There are countless true stories about violence committed as a result of road rage. As you can see from the list above, it is important to understand that if someone is driving particularly aggressively, there is a reason for concern because there is a strong chance that they are thinking irrationally for one reaon or another, or a combination of reasons.
Practice good driving
When driving, you should be watching the mirrors almost as much as your watching the windshield. You should know what is going on all around you, all of the time.
Keep a good distance between your vehicle and the vehicle your following. This will allow someone who comes up behind you enough room to pass you if they would like. Plus it gives you plenty of room to take evasive action if necessary.
What to do
If someone starts tailgating you then consider slowing down and driving to the right to allow them to pass you. Drive defensively and humbly.
Whatever the situation, try to stay calm and realize what you may be dealing with. Do not stop and confront an obnoxious driver. If your vehicle is struck, and you have any concerns about the situation at all, then either drive to a populated area or remain in your vehicle until help arrives if possible.
Avoid traveling alone, particularly if you are not well versed in defending yourself. Of course, when possible, if you are concerned at all about your safety, do not hesitate to call 911.
There are a million scenarios that could happen. I hope that this article will give you some ideas about what you are dealing with and how to deal with it. As with all aspects of personal protection understanding the broad concept is far more important than trying to memorize specific procedures.
Dr. Rayphe was has been a student of Personal protection, home security, and various aspects of crime prevention for many years. His years of being in military police, a police officer, Pastoring and counseling ministry has provided him with a broader and deeper perspective to these issues. As a Bible-based instructor / Coach part of Dr. Rayphe’s ministry is helping God’s people to be prepared.