Aggressive driving behaviors can include speeding, frequent and unnecessary lane changes, tailgating, and running red or yellow lights. These behaviors create unsafe situations and can lead to road rage.
Driving too fast makes it harder to react to dangerous situations, reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, and increases the force of impact in a crash.
- Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that, in Oklahoma, speeding was responsible for 221 deaths in 2008, 234 in 2009, 189 in 2010, 213 in 2011, and 218 in 2012.
Road rage is a physical assault of a person or vehicle as a result of a traffic incident—this is a criminal offense punishable by incarceration.
What Employers Can Do
The best offense is solid defensive driving skills. Talk with your employees about the risks associated with speeding and aggressive driving. Encourage them to adopt safe habits.
Here are some talking points:
- Always be a cautious, considerate driver. Avoid creating a situation that may provoke another motorist:
- Don’t tailgate or flash your lights at another driver
- If you’re in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let the driver pass you
- Use your horn sparingly
If you do encounter an angry driver, don’t make matters worse by triggering a confrontation:
- Avoid eye contact
- Steer clear and give angry drivers plenty of room
- Don’t make inappropriate hand or facial gestures
- If you’re concerned for your safety, call 911
Use or adapt this sample text to create your company’s policy on driving defensively while operating a motor vehicle on and off the job.