Are you an aggressive driver? Take the DMV’s test

The hot weather is here and that means more people are going to be on the road, whether they are in automobiles, on bicycles, motorcycles, foot or other transportation device. Warmer temperatures and gridlocked traffic may make tempers flare. If you're angry, sad or in an otherwise bad mood, don't drive. Those feelings could make you a bad or aggressive driver, according to the DMV. The DMV's California Driver Handbook warns people to not let their personalities or emotions get in the way of being a good, calm driver. To determine if you are an aggressive driver take the following test, ripped right out of the driver handbook: Are you an aggressive driver? Yes or no, do you:
  • Overtake other vehicles only on the left.
  • Avoid blocking passing lanes.
  • Yield to faster traffic by moving to the right.
  • Keep to the right as much as possible.
  • Maintain appropriate following distance.
  • Provide appropriate distance when cutting in after passing vehicles.
  • Use headlights in cloudy, rainy, low light conditions.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs, etc.
  • Stop for red traffic lights.
  • Approach intersections and pedestrians at slow speeds.
  • Follow right-of-way rules at four-way stops.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit when conditions warrant.
  • Drive at slower speeds in construction zones.
  • Maintain speeds appropriate for conditions.
  • Use vehicle turn signals for turns and lane changes.
  • Make eye contact and signal intention where needed.
  • Acknowledge intention of others.
  • Use your horn sparingly.
  • Avoid unnecessary use of high beam headlights.
  • Yield and move to the right for emergency vehicles.
  • Refrain from flashing headlights.
  • Make slow, deliberate U- turns.
  • Maintain proper speeds around roadway crashes.
  • Avoid returning inappropriate gestures.
  • Avoid challenging other drivers.
  • Try to get out of the way of aggressive drivers.
  • Focus on driving and avoid distracting activities.
Do you avoid:
  • Driving when drowsy.
  • Blocking the right-turn lane.
  • Taking more than one parking space.
  • Parking in a space designated for the disabled.
  • Letting your door hit the vehicle parked next to you.
  • Using the cell phone while driving.
  • Stopping in the road to talk.
  • Inflicting loud music on neighboring cars.
To score yourself, simply count the number of questions you answered “No” to then match them up to the following chart:
  • 1-3 no's -- Safe Driver
  • 4-7 no's -- Good Driver
  • 8-11 no's -- Semi-Aggressive Driver
  • 12+ no's -- Aggressive Driver
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