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Staying safe around drivers with road rage

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Road rage is not an uncommon occurrence, but it is a dangerous one. Aggressive drivers pose a risk to themselves and other drivers because of their irrational mindset and disregard for traffic laws.

Signs a driver is aggressive include tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, swerving, trying to pass people erratically and cursing or gesturing rudely at other drivers. When you spot a driver in the throes of road rage, a few things can help you stay safe.

Stay calm

Do not panic or react out of anxiety. Avoid making eye contact, and do not engage in any confrontations even if provoked. Keep your emotions in check and focus on your driving.

Stay a safe distance away

Maintain a safe following distance from the aggressive driver so you have a clear escape route if needed and minimize the risk of a collision. This allows you more time and room to react.

Stay away from retaliatory thoughts

Resist the urge to respond to aggressive behavior with aggression. Avoid honking excessively, making rude gestures or engaging in any behavior that could escalate the situation. Provoking an already aggressive driver may lead to further problems on the road.

Stay away from isolated locations if followed

If the aggressive driver tails you, keep driving until you reach a safe and public place, such as the police station. Use hands-free devices to contact local law enforcement and provide them with the necessary information, such as the license plate number, vehicle description and location.

According to Consumer Affairs, 92% of Americans stated they saw at least one road rage incident in 2023. Aggressive driving can lead to accidents and dangerous confrontations. By maintaining a calm and rational mindset and taking appropriate action around motor operators with road rage, you can help keep yourself safe on the road.