Every time you get behind the wheel, you are careful to adhere to the rules of the road. Unfortunately, not all other drivers in Texas share the same dedication to safety. There may come a time when you find yourself driving alongside an aggressive driver. 

To help diffuse the situation and better avoid an auto accident, Esurance offers some tips. Do what you can to protect yourself…and your insurance premiums. 

Avoid responding in kind 

Anytime a person who has no business behind the wheel of a car sends an obscene gesture your way, resist the urge to respond with a gesture of your own, which includes honking the horn. This can fan the flames and curdle a bad situation into a worse one. Know that you have the power to completely diffuse the circumstances by maintaining your composure. 

Make space for yourself 

While you should always maintain a proper following distance to avoid an accident, doing so is especially important when interacting with an enraged driver. Such drivers are not known for respecting a proper following distance and may suddenly dodge out in front of you. By leaving plenty of distance when and where you can, you have a way to dart out of an aggressive driver’s way. 

Change lanes  

Angry drivers honking and flashing their lights behind you do not deserve your acceleration or deceleration. If possible, simply (and safely) change lanes to let the other driver pass. You may feel that you should not reward bad behavior, but you have to bear in mind that lives and safety are often at stake in such situations. 

Despite putting these suggestions to good use, you may still find yourself involved in an accident with an angry driver. Talking with a legal advocate informs you of your rights and your next steps.