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NBC Nightly News
Report on aggressive driving and road rage as a national epidemic on our nation's highways. This report also features a case study and interviews with experts such as Dr. Arnold Nerenberg and Dr. Leon James co-authors of the aggressive driver course "RoadRageous" from AIPS.

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Aggressive Driving vs. Road Rage
As we are making our way around the various FORSCOM locations holding classes and training instructors, it is evident that there needs to be some clarification regarding what is aggressive driving and what is "road rage".

Cell Phone Safety

Did you know that 45% of all collisions are caused by driver distraction?  Over 100 million people own cell phones in the United States and 85% of the owners use them while driving.  When you use your cell phone while driving your vehicle do you ever get distracted?

Motorcycle Safety
The motorcycle riding season is upon us and everyone wants to get out in the fresh air and ride down the road feeling the freedom and exhilaration of riding their bike.

NASCAR Fatality
A NASCAR Busch Series driver was killed July 18 when the motorcycle he was driving left the road and slammed into a tree.

Impairments to Holiday Driving
Driving this holiday season can be a killer if you make the choice to drive impaired.

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  • What is Aggressive Driving?
    When an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. Aggressive Driving takes many forms but is basically defined in three categories: lack of courtesy, breaking the rules, and angry driving.

    Aggressive Driving is NOT "Road Rage". Road Rage is a felonious criminal assault of an operator/passenger of a motor vehicle on another operator/passenger of a motor vehicle.

    Examples of Aggressive Traffic Offenses

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit.
  • Unsafely or improperly changing lanes.
  • Following another vehicle too closely.
  • Failing to yield the right of way.
  • Improper passing.
  • Violating traffic control or signal devices.
  • Blocking passing lane.
  • Erratically speeding up or slowing down.

  • Why is Aggressive Driving a Problem?

  • Approximately two-thirds of all automobiles fatalities (27,000 each year) are related to some form of Aggressive Driving.
  • Drivers between the ages of 18 to 25 are most likely to take the greatest risks on the road.
  • Dramatic increases of licensed drivers on overburdened roadways has led to heavy traffic congestion, which is one factor that contributes to aggressive driving behavior.
  • False sense of anonymity a driver feels when driving an automobile and viewing other vehicles as "obstacles" instead of another person.

  • How to Avoid Becoming an Aggressive Driver

  • Acknowledge that one time or another we all have been an aggressive driver.
  • See yourself acting like an Aggressive Driver, possibly escalating a situation, which may lead to "Road Rage".
  • Recognizing these actions, you can now modify your behavior and de-escalate situations.
  • It is important to realize that you are putting your life at risk, and sometimes you have to say, "It's just not worth it."
  • Why would you want to give control of your emotional and physical well being to someone that you think is driving like an idiot (Aggressive Driver).

  • What to do if you encounter an Aggressive Driver

  • Do not engage the other driver
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Do not return gestures
  • Do not use the horn
  • Get the tag number
  • Report the driver to law enforcement
  • If approached, drive to a safe location
  • Put pride in the back seat
  • Always wear your safety belt
  • Be a courteous driver

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