If you have ever been stuck in California traffic during rush hour, you may have experienced road rage first-hand. In fact, more than 80% of American drivers admit that they have felt road rage within the last year alone.
It is when this rage leads to dangerous driving behaviors that it becomes hazardous for everyone on the road. What may seem like a subtle attempt to get ahead of traffic could put lives in danger and end up causing a catastrophic accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 56% of fatal car accidents involve at least one form of aggressive driving, with speeding being the most common.
Being able to spot the signs of road rage can help to identify dangerous drivers and help you to curb your own aggression if you start to feel angry while behind the wheel. According to the Insurance Information Institute, potential signs of aggressive driving include the following:
- Excessive lane changing
- Blocking other vehicles from changing lanes or cutting them off
- Racing other cars or speeding
- Driving close behind other vehicles
- Passing where prohibited
Some drivers may intentionally hit other vehicles or even get out of their car to confront other motorists.
If you should feel your temper rise while driving, try listening to a podcast or calm music. Keep in mind that it is better to arrive at your destination safe and sound. If you should witness an aggressive driver, contact law enforcement. You may feel inclined to retaliate with racing, honking or following the enraged driver. Instead, allow officers to handle the situation in a safe manner. You may just help prevent a serious accident.