“Aggressive driving” is operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, pushy, or impatient manner, often unsafely, that directly affects other drivers. In many cases, the behavior results from interaction between the driver and the driving environment. For this reason, resolving the problem lies not only with enforcement but also with education and engineering. This guide encourages a multidisciplinary approach that seeks solutions to the causes of aggressive driving and not just the addressing of its symptoms.
To be successful, programs aimed at reducing aggressive driving should
1. Concentrate on enforcing all traffic laws, regardless of whether the violator’s actions affect other road users or have been linked to crashes at the enforcement location.
2. Address traffic-operations factors that affect driving and that apparently contribute to aggressive driving (e.g., badly coordinated traffic signals).
3. Have in place a method for evaluating any reduced aggressive driving and related crashes.
1. Require a champion, a person within an organization who can both provide leadership and obtain support from others.
2. Need to involve many disciplines representing interests outside the primarily involved organization.
3. Need to link aggressive driving to crashes and to measure outcomes in terms of reductions in crashes or correlative measures.
Timothy R. Neuman
Kevin L. Slack
Kelly Kennedy Hardy