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In traffic psychology, aggressive driving behavior is a form of driving behavior characterised by aggression where a driver deliberately behaves in such a manner as to increase the risk of a road accident. An aggressive driver may in some instances drive so recklessly and imprudently as to injure or kill a person or an animal or cause material harm to the property of another person/s. He/she is also subject to cause bodily harm to himself/herself.

Aggressive driving has been associated to serious crimes, such as involuntary homicide by imprudence.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as a progression of unlawful driving actions such as:

  • Speeding – exceeding the posted limit or driving too fast for conditions
  • Excessive lane changing – changing lanes without reasonable cause
  • Improper passing – failing to signal intent, using an emergency lane to pass, or passing on the shoulder, cutting into another car's path
  • Tailgating – driving near the back of another's car at too close of a range

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