FWIW two lighting mods that IMHO help with perhaps some of the situations you're experiencing ....
1. Converting my front fog lights to always-on (with no other lights in daylight) seems to reduce the tendency for oncoming drivers considering a 'left-turn-cut-off' to execute that ill-considered maneuver. Same for side-road and parking-lot exit situations. Sure, there's still occasions when wheel angle, driver sight-line and other 'cues' prompt me to flash the high-beams in anticipatory defense of a bad situation - but since activating my 'Canadian style DRL' more drivers seem to hold-their position 'voluntarily'.
2. With the conversion of my rear in-bumper reflectors to European-spec rear red fog lights (wired only to work as brake lights with the supplied very bright 'fog' bulbs) the 'left-foot-touch-the-brake warning' (while maintaining throttle and speed) seems a much more effective 'back-off' device for tailgaters compared to only the OEM taillights. I've considered adding a convenient brake-light activation push-button to my steering wheel for that purpose.
There's threads on both mods but I don't know if they apply to '17 Escapes (it's time to add your car info to your sig-block ;-)
I also still drive an F150. In my area where pickups and big SUV's are very common I don't see an appreciable difference in other driver behavior between that and my Escape.
Major urban and surrounding areas in Texas have grown to have a terrible rep for driver behavior/aggression in the last decade +. I-35 from Mexico to Oklahoma through San Antonio, Austin and Dallas is a terror it's full length at any hour of day or night.
Good luck, drive defensive !
'14 Escape SE 2.0 FWD (25 Sep 13 build); 201A SE Convenience Package; Power Liftgate; Leather Comfort Package; Oxford White on Med Light Stone Leather (SYNC 2 w/8" MFT screen)
I love my hard-working '05 F-150 XLT 5.4 V8 trailer-towing truck, too !
Help us help you - what is your year, engine, drivetrain, trim and SYNC version?
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