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Remember when you could not wait to get a driver’s license and hit the open road with a car of your own? Now that you’re likely commuting every day and driving more for work than pleasure, you may experience less excitement and more aggravation when behind the wheel. In June 2017 the Ontario Provincial Police reported that deaths caused by aggressive driving were up a whopping 80%, compared to the same time in 2016. Avoid a tragic collision by reducing the likelihood you’ll drive aggressively:

1. Give ample time to get where you’re going

Most drivers will show aggression on the roadways when they are rushing to a destination. This can lead to speeding and tailgating. Allow yourself ample time to travel so you won’t be easily irritated by a slower motorist or cyclist.

2. Minimize distractions inside the vehicle

Do not text, eat, read, or engage in other distractions while driving. Distractions will affect your ability to maintain a safe speed or stay in the lane. Others may become irritated with your driving and become aggressive themselves.

3. Carpool, and stay alert

Defensive Driving: Defuse Tension on the Road

Sometimes having a pleasant conversation with a passenger will help a driver remain calm while driving. If you can do this while keeping your eyes and ears alert, a nice chat can help pass the time, even in traffic. Also, you’re less likely to have a heated exchange with another motorist if someone else can witness it.

4. Properly use GPS

Defensive Driving: Defuse Tension on the Road

Using a GPS (Global Positioning System) that provides early alerts to navigational changes can minimize your chances of becoming lost or missing turns and exits. A motorist who’s not paying attention to instructions may dart across lanes of traffic to make an exit. Driving behaviours like this can lead to aggressive driving situations.

5. Treat others how you would like to be treated

Share the road. Treat other motorists the way you would like to be treated. If someone is attempting to merge into your lane, allow them to do so. You would appreciate it if someone did the same for you. This applies to other driving courtesies such as passing on the left and not tailgating.

Occasions When Drivers Must Yield Right of Way

Aggressive driving can lead to serious accidents and fatalities. If you have been in an accident and suspect it is due to aggressive driving, you could be compensated for pain and suffering. Michelle Linka Law specializes in personal injury claims and car accidents. Contact us today at (416) 477-7288 for a consultation. We will make every effort to get you the settlement you desire.

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