I am wondering what the difference is between reckless driving and aggressive driving. To me these are the same kind of thing.
As far as I understand (and supported e.g. by this):
- reckless driving: when one drives disrespecting traffic laws, yet not necessarily with the goal to cause harm
- aggressive driving: when one drives with the goal to cause harm or trouble
However, at least in the USA those definitions are state dependent. In some definitions, such as from the Dept. of Transportation, they might overlap:
The first is "Reckless Driving" which is defined as "any person who drives any vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." Aggressing driving *should be less than reckless driving, but more than one simple act or failing to yield right of way. The Washington State law classifies aggressive driving under its "Negligent Diving in the Second Degree" (RCW 46.61.525), "operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property."
Aggressive driving and dangerous driving are usually considered to mean the same thing. If someone drives aggressively, it means that they drive in a reckless manner, such as speeding, tail-gating, excessively changing lanes, or improperly passing.
Dangerous driving basically means the same thing, although this term seems to be more common in British English than American English, especially as a legal term.
So, I agree with you. They basically mean the same thing.