"She kept crossing lanes without signaling"
"Because he was driving too slow."
"He was playing the radio too loud"
"Nobody gives me the finger"
"He/she was driving too slowly"
"She wouldn't let me pass"
"She hit my new Camaro."
"They kept tailgating me"
"It taught her a lesson"
" He cut me off."
All of these ended in DEATH
There is NO Excuse!!!
What is Aggressive Driving (Road Rage)?
Road Rage is a term used to describe an aggression shown by a driver. Most often it is used to refer to extreme acts of aggression, such as a physical assault, that occur as a direct result of a disagreement between drivers.
Anger is the most common cause of Road Rage. Often the response to a stressful situation is anger which results in aggression. In the past decade congestion has caused driving to become increasingly frustrating.
In some situations, Road Rage is often caused by simple misunderstandings between drivers. One driver may make a judgement error, but to another it looked like aggressive driving. Other times, it extends beyond the immediate incident. An individual may have had a bad day at work or problems at home, and their frustration triggers aggression behind the wheel.
What are the Common Causes of Road Rage?
- Failure to adhere the rules/ignore signs
- Disagreements over who has the right of way
- Arguments over parking spaces
- Cutting a motorist off
- Refusing to allow another motorist to pass
- Minor vehicle crashes
- Obscene gestures
- Loud music
- Overuse of the car horn
- Slow driving
- Failure to use turn signal
- Headlight flashing
- Verbal abuse.
- Incorrect merging
- Eye contact
- Stickers/Displays on vehicles
WATCH OUT FOR WEAPONS
The most common weapon used by Aggressive Drivers is most definitely firearms, most of which were already in the vehicle. Watch out though, any of these items could be used with deadly force.
- Fists & Feet
- Defensive Sprays
- Baseball Bats
- Tire Irons and Jack Handles
Driving is transportation, not competition. Want to compete? Find a racetrack
Safe Driving Tips to help avoid Road Rage:
- Lower your own STRESS
- Leave early. Consider altering your schedule to avoid the worst congestion. Allow plenty of time so you don't have to speed, beat traffic lights or roll through stop signs.
- Improve your comfort in your vehicle--air conditioner, tape/CD player, seat padding.
- Relax, take deep breaths, do limited exercises/stretches.
- If you're being hassled by another driver, try not to react.
- Avoid making eye contact--this is seen as confrontational.
- Do not accelerate, brake, or swerve suddenly.
- If a driver continues to hassle you or you think you're being followed, drive to the nearest police station or busy place to get help.
- Do not be tempted to start a fight or carry any sort of weapon.
- Get out of the way of aggressive drivers. Give them plenty of room to get around you.
- Do not insist on your right-of-way if another driver is challenging you, this will only lead to destruction.
- Give a tailgater an opportunity to pass you by changing lanes.
- Don't use obscene gestures.
- Use your horn sparingly.
- Don't block the passing lane.
- Don't switch lanes without signaling.
- Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.
- Do not tailgate.