Thomas Carroll Blauvelt

Common examples of aggressive driving

Aggressive driving can be extremely dangerous to those in the vehicle with the driver and to others on the road. Some studies suggest that aggressive driving plays a role in up to 56% of fatal crashes in the U.S.

What are some of the most common examples of aggressive driving? Let’s take a look at three.


Tailgating occurs when a vehicle follows another one too closely. The recommended distance between vehicles is three seconds. This means that it should take three seconds for the rear vehicle to pass the same point the vehicle in front did.

The recommended following distance is important because it should allow the driver in the rear enough time to brake should they need to. This distance tends to be ignored by aggressive drivers. They tailgate to try and get the car in front to pull over and let them pass. Not only can this situation be very stressful for the driver in front, but it can cause a serious accident.


Aggressive drivers may also ignore speed limits. This puts other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and anyone in the vicinity in serious danger. Accidents at higher speeds are much more likely to result in traumatic injuries and fatalities than those at lower speeds.

Erratic maneuvers

Aggressive drivers can be unpredictable. They may recklessly weave in and out of traffic, change lanes without warning and engage in other erratic driving maneuvers. An unpredictable driver is a dangerous driver, and this type of conduct can have serious consequences.

If you were injured by an aggressive driver, you may be able to hold them liable for their actions. Seeking legal guidance will help to determine your legal options.

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