Road rage is a common phenomenon that takes hold of even the best of drivers. While it is common, it can be dangerous to you and other drivers on the road, not to mention that it could get you in trouble with the police.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94 percent of accidents are due to error from the driver, 33 percent of which they link to behaviors such as road rage.
How do I know if it is "road rage"?
Road rage as more serious than aggressive driving. According to the DMV, road rage is "aggressive or violent behavior stemming from a driver's uncontrolled anger at the actions of another motorist." Aggressive driving is not considered a criminal offense, like road rage, but aggressive driving often spirals quickly to road rage. If you find yourself yelling at other drivers, honking excessively and tailgating, it could lead you down the path of road rage. Examples of road rage include:
- Physically confronting another driver
- Hitting another car
- Tailgating to the point of running another car off the road
- Assaulting another driver
How do I avoid road rage?
If you are prone to aggressive driving and road rage, it will be best to take precautions before you start driving, and while you are on the road. This way, you stay as calm as possible.
- Leave plenty of time to get to your destination: It creates extra stress when you need to be somewhere but are stuck in traffic or driving behind a car going under the speed limit. Because you cannot do much to change these conditions, leave a little early so that you won't stress about being late when you get into a jam.
- Get out of the way: If someone is tailgating you, move over a lane if you can or turn off the road to let them pass. If you are quickly coming up on a slower car, see if you can move to a new lane or go a different route.
- Listen to your favorite tunes: It's hard to be too angry when you're bopping along to a good song. Make a playlist of music before you head out to keep you from getting to angry,
- Remember that everyone is human: It can be irritating when someone cuts you off or is driving too slowly but try to remember that not everyone is intending to make you upset.
Road rage and aggressive driving can be a danger to everyone. Try to use these tips to avoid rage while on the road for the safety of all parties.