Aggression in traffic is increasing. Increasingly, the police are called on the highways to incidents involving “tailgating”, aggressive passing from the right, dangerous brake maneuvers or excessive speeding. In such situations the drivers are often described as aggressive and short-tempered. But especially as a driver I should always keep a cool head in order to react appropriately in extreme situations.
§ 1 StVO basic rule
Often, aggressive behavior is attributed to too much stress. According to the definition (Duden) stress means an increased physical or psychological pressure. In this case, the human being reacts to too much or heavy stress usually by attack, flight or “playing-dead”. On the physical level, in these exceptional situations, the muscles are tense and the cardiovascular system is activated. On the emotional level, strong emotional reactions can occur. If I am permanently stressed, small triggers (slowdown due to congestion, slow driving, etc.) are enough to cause overreaction. This is the so-called drip that overflows the barrel. At that moment, there is a danger that I overreact and lose control (tailgating, pushing, headlight flashing, etc.) – with possible fatal consequences.
Prevention tip for stress / overstrain
Prevention tip for tiredness
Attention! Coffee, loud music or distraction are inappropriate to stay awake.
Self-assessment, know your own warning signals or inhibition threshold and have coping strategies ready.
Attention: Alcohol is a “wrong helper”!
Drinking to be able to fall asleep in the evening is usually counterproductive. The alcohol makes you tired quickly, but leads to the fact that the active ingredients prevent a deep sleep phase, and thus the actual recovery for the body is too short.
Problem case intent
Aggressive behavior on the roads should definitely be avoided. One problem are drivers, who deliberately and purposely go out onto the streets with the aim of being as risky as possible. Belonging to this group are the participants of illegal car racing. Therefore, the legislator introduced a new offense legislation in October 2017:
§ 315d StGB: Prohibited motor vehicle racing
This is punishable for anyone who organizes or carries out an unauthorized race, participates or moves as a motor vehicle driver with improper speed and grossly against traffic rules and ruthlessly, in order to achieve the highest possible speed.
Other possible violations:
Distance violations, speeding violations, keeping right except when passing, overtaking ban, violation of right of way, other obligations of the driver.
Predictive driving style, defensive rather than aggressive behavior and forgiving mistakes of other road users creates more traffic safety for everyone!