Road Rage

Road rage and aggressive driving has been around since cars were invented. Although road rage is not a new problem, it has been on the increase and may well continue to do so. One reason for this is the fact that the number of motorists continues to increase while the miles of new roads to accommodate them are not keeping up. Research shows that the average commuter in larger cities spends about 40 hours a year in traffic jams.

Some examples of aggressive driving that can lead to road rage are:

  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph.
  • Running red lights and stop signs.
  • Turning right on red without stopping.
  • Excessive tailgating.
  • Driving in the left lane continually, blocking the passing lane.
  • Making hand gestures at other drivers.
  • Unnecessary use of high beam headlights.
  • Unnecessary use of the horn.
  • Abrupt and frequent lane changing.
  • Failure to use turn signals.

Tips on avoiding road rage:

  • Avoid cutting off other drivers in traffic.
  • Don’t tailgate. Allow at least a two second space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Signal well in advance before changing lanes or turning.
  • Avoid gestures or eye contact with other drivers.
  • Dim headlights as soon as you know you are going to meet another vehicle.
  • Allow ample time to reach your destination.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Drive in the right lane except when passing.
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs and don’t try to beat traffic signals.
  • Don’t block intersections.
  • If someone follows you after an on-the-road incident, drive to a public place or to the nearest police station.
  • Report all aggressive driving incidents to the police as soon as possible.

Keeping these tips in mind hopefully will make you less likely to be involved in a road rage incident which could result in an accident and injury.