Where does aggressive driving and tolerance for it come from?

Aggressive driving is not just speeding - in fact, this concept should be understood as any action on the road that disturbs other road users and makes them feel uncomfortable. In addition, not only drivers can behave aggressively on the roads, but also public transport drivers, cyclists and even pedestrians. Such behavior is partly facilitated by regulatory framework and partly by society's tolerance.

50% admit that they have driven aggressively

50% of drivers rarely but tend to drive aggressively, 7% do it often, but 43% admit that they have never driven aggressively, according to the "Carlsberg 0.0 responsible driving index" data. "Looking at these data, it must be said that every percent, every driver who, although rarely, tends to be aggressive on the road is a lot. Aggressive driving is no longer just speeding or fast and frequent lane changes, it is any activity , which makes it difficult for other road users," states Jānis Vanks.

One of the most common forms of aggressive driving is failure to maintain an adequate distance, i.e. poking. "Perhaps it will seem paradoxical, but aggressive driving can also be considered inadequately slow driving, for example, in good weather conditions and highways where it is allowed to drive at 90 km/h, driving at a speed of 60 km/h. This can increase aggression in other road traffic in the participants, encourage overtaking maneuvers and create risks," emphasizes the head of DBS.

Pedestrians can also be aggressive

"Drivers are different, they have different perceptions, but traffic is the same. With such behavior on the road, we only increase aggression. Violation of traffic rules and disregard for the interests of other road users is unacceptable, unfortunately, in reality, we see aggressive behavior not only from drivers, but also for public transport drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and even pedestrians, who are the most vulnerable group of road users, therefore exposed to a much greater risk," says Jānis Vanks.

Society's tolerance increases the risk

What contributes to road aggression? On the one hand, it is society's tolerance. Aggressive driving is rarely reported to the authorities. If society was not so tolerant of such drivers, the number of cases would also be much lower. In many parts of the world, such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia, such behavior is not considered the norm. For example, if the driver does not keep the appropriate distance, he may be fined.

Impact of regulatory framework

"The situation is partially worsened by people's psychological state, dissatisfaction with life. Often they tend to "put their daily problems and anger on the road". It should also be mentioned the regulatory regulation that allows 0.5 per thousand, or the assumption that society has formed that it is permissible to exceed the speed limit by 10 km/h. Such seemingly minor deviations from the norm only encourage the feeling of permissiveness and create additional risks, therefore there should be zero tolerance for violations at the legal level as well. Only in this way will we as a society gradually begin to realize that aggressive, bravura driving, alcohol consumption behind the wheel, etc. things are not allowed," sums up the DBS manager.