A Crash Course in Basic Traffic Jam Etiquette

Kirstin Fawcett
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When you hit the open road, it’s important to bring your manners with you. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety [PDF], 56 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one form of aggressive driving, and nearly 80 percent of drivers admitted to engaging in dangerous, road rage-fueled behaviors (ramming into another vehicle, confronting another driver) at least once in the past year.

Next time you’re stuck on a congested highway, try following the etiquette tips below, culled from The Wall Street Journal, the scientific journal Annals of Neurology, the California DMV, and other sources by the website AutoInsurance Center. They’ll help you keep your highway conduct—and your safety—in check.

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