Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) February 19, 2010
According to a recent survey conducted by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is responsible for more than six million crashes in the United States each year. February marks Aggressive Driving Month. To raise awareness of the dangers of aggressive driving, CURE Auto Insurance offers the following tips to keep all drivers safe on the road.
1. Know the warning signs. Keep yourself and others safe by recognizing aggressive driving characteristics in other drivers. Aggressive drivers typically use excessive speed, frequently or unsafely change lanes, fail to use proper signals, tailgate, fail to yield to the right of way, and / or disregard traffic controls. Knowing these warning signs will help determine potentially aggressive drivers.
2. Know what to do if you encounter an aggressive driver. If you notice the warning signs mentioned above, authorities recommend that you do the following things to ensure your safety: keep your distance, do not pass unless you have to, change lanes only when it is safe, if you cannot change lanes and an aggressive driver is behind you maintain the proper speed and do not respond with any gestures and remain calm. You may also call 911 to report an aggressive driver.
3. Avoid becoming an aggressive driver yourself. It is important to keep your own emotions in check. Don't take your frustrations out on other drivers and always plan ahead allowing enough time for delays. Focus on your own driving. Acting out won't make traffic move any faster.
4. Don't compete or retaliate. If someone's driving annoys you, don't try to educate him or her or turn it into a competition. Leave traffic enforcement to the police.
5. Don't Trigger Aggression: Research shows that certain actions trigger aggression in other drivers, which can lead to you being the focal point of an aggressive driver. Stay safe by trying to avoid these actions: failing to turn when a right on red is permitted, blocking traffic, failure to signal lane change, inappropriate speed, and distracted driving.
For more driving tips, please visit http://www.CURE.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.
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