What is the Difference Between a Defensive and Aggressive Driver?


Being a defensive driver is ideal. Some states even give certifications on completing defensive driving courses. This kind of driver is constantly observing the road around him. He is not only concerned about his own driving but the fellow cars around him as well. A couple examples of what a defensive driver would do is…

Slow down/stop at a yellow light.

Drive no more than 5 mph over the speed limit.

Let cars around merge easily.

Carefully look all directions when at a stop sign.

Be aware of surroundings and pedestrians.

There are many more examples of a defensive driver, these are just a few. Perks to being a defensive driver are less at-fault accidents which result in lower insurance premiums.


Being an aggressive driver is usually a more adolescent habit of driving. This kind of driver is more focused on getting to their destination the quickest instead of the safest. Usually this involves not paying complete attention to the cars surrounding you which puts you at a higher risk of a car accident. A couple examples of an aggressive driver are…

Riding on the bumper.

Speeding up at yellow lights.

Driving 10+ mph over the speed limit.

Making turns without yielding to pedestrians/vehicles.

Switching lanes aggressively.

Of course, there are more examples of this, but I think you get the idea. These types of drivers are more likely to get tickets or even in accidents. This would result in higher insurance premiums.

Driving on the road you may find yourself a little bit of both, and that is normal. The most important type of driver is a safe driver. Spivey can help you find insurance no matter what kind of driver you are. We are here to protect you. Give us a call today for a free insurance quote! You can also follow us on Social Media Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest!

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