AAA offers tips to avoid road rage

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Officials with AAA are urging drivers to keep their cool as research shows both men and women tend to have aggressive driving behaviors.

Data gathered by AAA shows that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women.

The survey finds that women also admit to some dangerous driving habits, like running red lights. But overall, the study shows younger male and female drivers tend to be more aggressive than older drivers.

Regardless of gender, nearly eight in ten American drivers demonstrate aggressive behaviors when behind the wheel. Speeding tops the list, and officials warn that speeding does not save time on the road.

The average amount of time saved on a five-mile trip, driving 65 miles per hour on a 45 miles per hour road, is only 1.9 minutes.

To help manage aggressive driving, AAA is offering some tips:

  1. Don’t offend other drivers or cause them to change their speed or direction. So, don’t force another driver to use their brakes or turn the steering wheel in response to something you have done.
  2. Be tolerant and forgiving. The other driver may just be having a really bad day. Assume that it’s not personal.
  3. Finally, do not respond. Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle and contact 911 if a situation becomes too aggressive.

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