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10 Tips to Reduce Aggressive and Distracted Driving

July 30, 2012

Here are 10 safety tips, provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, aimed at reducing aggressive and distracted driving. You may want to pass these along to your drivers as a friendly reminder.

  • Obey posted speed limits. Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather.
  • Always signal your intentions when turning or changing lanes. Avoid weaving in and out of lanes.
  • Don’t run yellow lights. Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs. Don't block intersections.
  • Don't tailgate.
  • Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.
  • On multi-lane highways use the left lane for passing only.
  • Avoid distracted driving, especially if using a cell phone.
  • Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn.
  • Pay attention to the special needs of those who drive trucks and buses, ride motorcycles and bicycles, and pedestrians.
  • Wear your safety belt. It's your best defense against an aggressive, distracted or speeding driver.

If you encounter an aggressive or distracted driver, here are four additional tips to remember:

  • Control your emotions to avoid escalating the situation.
  • Attempt to safely get out of his or her way.
  • Avoid eye contact or obscene gestures.
  • If a serious incident occurs, immediately contact the nearest police agency by safely dialing 911.
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