If you have ever been intentionally cut off, rear-ended, or screamed at while driving, you know how scary it can be when you are the object of another person’s road rage. Some people are unable to control their temper, often spiraling into a fit of rage over the slightest thing. Unfortunately, when an individual takes his or her rage out on another motorist, the situation can become dangerous very quickly. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in 2015, 80 percent of drivers said that they expressed anger while driving at least once, and 8 million drivers reported that they engaged in extreme road rage like intentionally hitting another vehicle.
Take Preventative Steps
There are steps you can take to avoid being the victim of road rage. The following are behaviors that you should avoid to reduce the risk of triggering aggressive driving in others:
Cutting off another driver: Give yourself plenty of room when merging into traffic or changing lanes. If you cut someone off by mistake, apologize to the driver with an appropriate hand gesture. If another driver cuts you off, do not make the situation worse. Slow down and give the other driver room to move into your lane.
Driving too slowly in the left lane: On interstate highways, the left lane is considered the fast lane. If you prefer to drive within the speed limit, stay in the right lane, or move over until no other cars are trying to pass you.
Tailgating: All motorists should allow a two-second distance between their car and the one in front of them. If the vehicle in front of you is driving too slow, do not tailgate. If you cannot pass the car, slow down so that you are travelling a safe distance behind the car in front of you. If you are being tailgated, do not engage with the other driver. Signal and move to the next lane so that the driver can pass you.
Rude gestures: It is always best to keep your hands on the wheel. Rude comments and gestures will only make the situation worse.
Do not engage: If you find yourself the target of road rage, whether while driving or while stopped, do your best to avoid confrontation. Do not make eye contact with the aggressor and never get out of your vehicle.
While you can take every precaution and make every effort to drive safely and responsibly, you cannot control how others behave behind the wheel. If another driver is showing signs of road rage, make every effort to avoid that driver by slowing down, changing lanes, or taking the next exit to remove yourself from a potentially dangerous situation. If the person’s rage is directed towards you, call 911. If you can do so safely, let someone close to you know where you are and that you may be in danger. Try to remain calm and keep your attention focused on the road.
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