There is no question that you may find yourself in a situation where you are stuck in traffic while driving, are stuck behind a slow driver or become infuriated at another motorist who just pulled out right in front of you. Road rage is rather common, as people can easily lose their temper while behind the wheel. According to AAA, more than 80% of drivers across the country admit to having road rage within the past year. Yet, road rage can cause aggressive driving behaviors which can lead to a catastrophic car accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 56% of deadly car accidents within a five-year period involved aggressive driving behaviors. It is critical that you are able to identify the signs of an aggressive driver so that you can minimize the chances of becoming involved in an accident. Some of these hazardous driving behaviors include the following:
Tailgating or following too closely
Erratic lane changing or swerving in and out between vehicles
Speeding or racing other vehicles
Failing to adhere to road signs, traffic lights or pedestrian crosswalks
Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way or use a turn signal
Drivers with road rage may use their horn excessively, yell obscenities or display hand gestures toward other drivers. In some cases, enraged drivers may decide to physical harm to another driver. If you should come into contact with an aggressive driver, you should avoid confrontation and engaging in similar behaviors. Instead, alert law enforcement officers to the problem so that they can handle the situation in a safe manner.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.