Road rage is a very real problem in the United States. Stories in the media tell of people who lose their temper while behind the wheel and, as a result, initiate altercations with other drivers. In some cases, people may use weapons to physically harm others who have made them mad while driving. According to AAA, nearly 80% of Americans admit that they have driven aggressively within the past year. These aggressive driving behaviors were involved in 56% of deadly car accidents, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is important to know how to spot the signs of an aggressive driving, so you can minimize your chances of becoming involving in a deadly car accident.
The Insurance Information Institute lists the following as warning signs for road rage:
- Swerving in and out of lanes between vehicles
- Speeding and cutting other drivers off
- Failing to adhere to traffic signals, pedestrian crosswalks and stop signs
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
- Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle
- Honking excessively
Drivers may pass other vehicles in unauthorized zones and could even use the shoulder of the road or sidewalk to get past another driver.
People with road rage may use profane language or hand gestures to display their anger and get the attention of others. It is crucial that you avoid contact with these drivers and avoid engaging in similar behavior. Instead, contact law enforcement and alert them to the problem. You may be able to prevent an accident from happening.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.