Keeping your cool while behind the wheel may be extremely difficult depending on the day. Whether you are caught in rush hour traffic and rushing to get to an important appointment or you are trying to get home from work, you may become frustrated, angry and overwhelmed. In some cases, people may even have feelings of aggression toward traffic and other drivers. It is when this anger causes the driver to engage in hazardous driving behaviors that road rage becomes dangerous. According to AAA, more than 80% of drivers in the United States agree that they have been enraged at other drivers while navigating the road ways at some point within the last year. It is critical that you are able to spot the signs of road rage and minimize your risk of becoming involved in a deadly car accident.
According to AAA, the following are signs of an aggressive driver:
- Speeding or racing other vehicles
- Cutting off or blocking other drivers
- Yelling obscenities or using inappropriate hand gestures
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Excessive honking
- Constant lane changing
In some instances, drivers may leave their cars and approach other motorists in an aggressive fashion. Drivers have been known to start physical altercations with other drivers or even bump other cars in an attempt to make their way through traffic. If you spot an aggressive driver, you should avoid engaging or interacting with them. Alert law enforcement immediately and let them take care of the problem.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.