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    1 : Aggressive Driving A Ten-Minute Training Topic Presentation
    2 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 2 Statistics “The New York State Police define an Aggressive Driver as one who: Operates a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of the other users of the streets and highways.” -- NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
    3 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 3 Statistics “An average of at least 1,500 men, women, and children are injured or killed each year in the United States as a result of "aggressive driving." – AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
    4 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 4 Statistics “Aggressive drivers place us all at risk each and every day. With little concern for other drivers on the road, aggressive drivers disregard the basic traffic safety rules which protect us all.” – Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Arizona
    5 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 5 Introduction What is “aggressive driving”? Is it just another name for “road rage”? Most traffic safety experts have been trying to separate these two concepts for many reasons.
    6 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 6 Introduction Basically, road rage occurs when the vehicle is used as a weapon, or the driver physically assaults another driver. This is a criminal activity and could lead to an arrest for assault or worse.
    7 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 7 Introduction Aggressive driving is a term commonly applied when drivers are observed operating their vehicle “in a bold or unsafe manner” (Governor’s Office of Highway Safety – Arizona).
    8 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 8 Introduction Aggressive driving happens when a driver allows their anger, frustration, or other emotions to control how they drive – usually by taking risks or by pushing other drivers (excessive speeding, weaving in traffic, tailgating, etc.)
    9 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 9 Origins of Aggressive Driving? People’s lives have been getting more complicated and rushed. This stress and fast pace leads many drivers to seek refuge and release by driving their cars/trucks (driving can give them a sense of control in their lives).
    10 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 10 Origins of Aggressive Driving? Unfortunately, when drivers are behind schedule, stuck in heavy traffic or dealing with lane closures (merge zones), their frustration comes right back. Often, this frustration may push their driving habits to the extreme.
    11 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 11 Origins of Aggressive Driving? Some examples of “aggressive driving”: Swerving in and out of lanes with no turn signals Speeding along at more than 10 MPH greater than posted limits Running red lights and “blowing past” stop signs
    12 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 12 Origins of Aggressive Driving? Almost every driver has the potential to drive “aggressively” under their own “worst conditions” (stress, fatigue, emotional problems, etc.), but a professional driver has a responsibility to guard against letting emotions do the driving.
    13 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 13 Origins of Aggressive Driving? The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) recently completed their “2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index”. This report examines attitudes, distractions, perceptions and other cultural trends affecting highway safety.
    14 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 14 Origins of Aggressive Driving? Nearly 3 of every 4 drivers rated speeding as a serious problem, however… 2 out of every 5 of those same drivers admitted having driven 15 mph over the speed limit on the highway in the past 30 days, and 14% even admitted having driven 15 mph over the speed limit on a neighborhood street in the past 30 days. Over 7 of every 10 drivers rated drivers who run red lights as a serious problem, yet over 5% of those same drivers admitted having run a red light on purpose in the past 30 days.”
    15 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 15 Origins of Aggressive Driving? All drivers need to examine, and when needed, correct their own driving habits to increase their personal safety while out on the highway.
    16 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 16 Avoiding Aggressive Driving Some of the best advice is to defeat stress by choosing to live life well – eat right, get adequate sleep, exercise and find ways to keep calm when your situation is stressful.
    17 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 17 Avoiding Aggressive Driving Allow plenty of time for your route; expect traffic and delays or detours when driving in urban areas.
    18 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 18 Avoiding Aggressive Driving Assume that other driver’s mistakes are not “personal” in nature (they are not trying to irritate or delay you; they are just thoughtless or making simple mistakes).
    19 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 19 Avoiding Aggressive Driving As much as is possible, adjust your comfort in your vehicle: If it is hot outside, use air conditioning to keep cool Adjust your seat position and mirrors to reduce stress and discomfort before leaving on a trip.
    20 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 20 Avoiding Aggressive Driving As much as is possible, adjust your comfort in your vehicle: If you are permitted to listen to music, select something that allows you to focus on the road and feel good. “Talk radio” may be fun to listen to, but the programs are often designed to get listeners upset or “outraged” though overt political, religious or scandalous themes. This type of programming may increase your stress or prove a distraction while driving.
    21 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 21 Avoiding Aggressive Driving As much as is possible, adjust your comfort in your vehicle: Avoid having to deal with the stress of a mechanical breakdown. A complete pre-trip inspection can spot potential mechanical problems that can be easily dealt with at the terminal rather than on the side of the highway (leading to not only stress, but potential danger from other motorists drifting off of the highway into the shoulder, etc.)
    22 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 22 Avoiding Aggressive Driving Set the example of proper driving technique – use your signals early, leave extra room when passing, merge courteously and allow others to get ahead of you instead of forcing them off the road. Don’t tailgate other vehicles, or at the other extreme, “block the lane” – allow others to pass you if they are in a hurry.
    23 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 23 Avoiding Aggressive Driving If you encounter another aggressive driver, stay calm and keep your distance. Let them go – there is no need to try to intervene personally. If you think that their driving is so risky that someone may get hurt call the police when safe to do so (i.e. from a safe parking area, rest stop, etc.)
    24 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 24 Avoiding Aggressive Driving Remember to always wear your seat belt. It will hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will help to protect you in a crash. Some other tips on dealing with aggressive drivers - avoid eye contact; ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
    25 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 25 What’s Being Done? Many states have trained their police and highway safety officers to watch for risky, dangerous aggressive driving.
    26 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 26 What’s Being Done? Additionally, “unmarked” or “slick top” patrol cars are used to blend in with traffic so that aggressive drivers will not mask their behavior, and can be pulled over to receive citations for improper passing, etc.
    27 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 27 Summary Aggressive driving continues to be a troubling issue for all drivers – on and off the job. Plan your trip with adequate time so that you don’t need to rush. Get plenty of rest, good food and exercise. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT
    28 : Copyright 2008 SafetyFirst Systems, LLC 28 Summary Protect yourself by staying calm and out of the way of aggressors. Simply call the police and report the behavior if you are worried about other driver’s aggressiveness.

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