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The dangers of road rage: What you should know

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2021 | Accidentes automovilísticos, Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you have ever felt frustrated or angry while behind the wheel, you are not alone. At least 80% of American drivers have felt road rage at some point within the last year. The danger is not road rage itself, but the hazardous driving behaviors that accompany it.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 56% of fatal car accidents involved at least one form of aggressive driving, such as speeding. It is critical to know how to spot the signs of dangerous driving so you can help prevent serious car accidents, injuries and death.

What should you look for?

Aggressive driving behaviors can take many forms. The Insurance Information Institute lists the following signs of road rage:

  • Cutting off or blocking other drivers from changing lanes
  • Swerving through lanes
  • Racing other vehicles or speeding
  • Following too closely or tailgating
  • Honking and/or yelling excessively at other motorists
  • Running through traffic signals and stop signs without stopping or yielding

Angry motorists put others in harm’s way by disobeying traffic rules.

What should you do?

If you come across an angry driver, your first instinct may be to respond by engaging with them. Whether it involves yelling back, honking, racing or seeking revenge, displaying similar dangerous behaviors is not the solution. Instead, you should alert law officers, and allow them to handle the situation in a safe manner.

If you feel your temper rising while rushing to a meeting or appointment, try to keep your cool. Listen to some calming music and think about the potential dangers that come with driving erratically. Do what you can to minimize hazardous driving behaviors and preventable car accidents.