Aggressive driving: The signs and how to recognize it


by Sherrell Hubbard

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – According to AAA, aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic deaths.

Driver's Ed instructor Alan Cheek has been teaching people how to drive for the last 38 years.

He says the best way to stay safe from road rage is to recognize those behaviors and avoid provoking other drivers. "It's kind of like petting a mad dog,” says Cheek, “don't stick your hand out there when you know it's going to get bit."   He says "Your fingers are for turn signals and turning the wheel, they're not for gestures, don't make eye contact, don't make disgusting faces at people.  Keep yourself out of dangerous situations." 

He says if you cannot see the tires on the car in front of you from the ground up, you are likely too close.

Cheek advises students to always keep a safe distance from other cars so that  you can move out of the way or drive off quickly, if you need to.

If you are being threatened or followed, dial 9-1-1.  Although Cheek does not advise snapping a picture of the aggressive driver or writing down their license plate, he says to have a passenger take down the information. Cheek says drive to a lighted area where there are people around.  “Keep your windows rolled up… and doors should stay locked," he says.  In a situation where a gun is involved, he says you should never pull over.  

"People out here driving are not excellent drivers, not everybody understands all the rules, just be patient," says Cheek.

Here is a list compiled by AAA of aggressive driving behaviors.


  • - following improperly
  • - illegal lane transfers
  • - illegal driving on road shoulder, ditch, sidewalk, etc.
  • - passing regardless of traffic signs and road markings
  • - operating vehicle in reckless manner
  • - failure to yield or obey traffic signs, devices, or zone laws
  • - failure to signal
  • - driving too fast for conditions or above posted speed limit
  • - racing