2.10.2 – Don’t Bean Aggressive Driver How you feel before you even start your vehicle has a lotto do with how stress will affect you while driving. Section 2 – Driving Safely Page 2-23 Version: July 2013
2005 Commercial Driver’s License Manual Reduce your stress before and while you drive. Listen to easy listening music. Give the drive your full attention. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cellphone, eating, etc. Be realistic about your travel time. Expect delays because of traffic, construction, or bad weather and make allowances. If you’re going to be later than you expected – deal with it. Take a deep breath and accept the delay. Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt. Try to imagine why he or she is driving that way. Whatever their reason, it has nothing to do with you. Slowdown and keep your following distance reasonable. Don’t drive slowly in the left lane of traffic. Avoid gestures. Keep your hands on the wheel. Avoid making any gestures that might anger another driver, even seemingly harmless expressions of irritation like shaking your head. Be a cautious and courteous driver. If another driver seems eager to get in front of you, say, Be my guest This response will soon become a habit and you won’t be as offended by other drivers actions.