We’ve probably all experienced it at some point, right? You’re driving along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden another driver cuts you off.
For most of us, we’d probably feel a bit of irritation at that. We might huff and yell to ourselves as we watch the other car zip off. But for some, that sort of driving is enough to tip them into a sort of reckless driving that could endanger lives.
Road rage is a form of aggressive driving that can affect you as a driver. And it can also affect those on the road around you.
So what is it? How do you identify it? Is there a way to stop a rage-fueled incident from escalating to dangerous levels?
Keep reading. We’ll help teach you on how to deal with road rage should you ever become a victim to it.
What Is Road Rage?
First of all, what exactly is road rage?
Road rage is defined as this: “aggressive or violent behavior stemming from a driver’s uncontrolled anger at the actions of another motorist.”
This sort of driving is extremely illegal and especially dangerous. Road rage incidents have led to deaths and ethnic crimes. Drivers who experience road rage are often belligerent and reckless. This could lead to loss of life.
Who Exhibits Rage-Like Behavior?
When it comes to identifying aggressive drivers, there’s no hard rule, unfortunately.
But there are some commonalities that other drivers should be made aware of. Historically, men are more likely to exhibit aggressive and reckless driving practices. Men aged 35-50 are often the culprits (56% more likely). Specifically, white men living in rural America are even more likely to exhibit dangerous driving habits.
How to Prevent Angry Driving
If you are a person who feels like they may be aggressive behind the wheel, there are a few things to try.
Before getting into the car after a trying day at work, consider going for a quick walk. This may help you calm down before getting behind the wheel.
And when you are in the car, turn on soothing music or maybe a favorite podcast. Loud, hyper music can be just as stressful as other drivers for some people. If you can relax in your own space, you may be better equipped at keeping you and others around you safe.
When driving, keep a safe distance between other cars and refrain from making eye contact. Just keep driving if something irritates you. Picking fights behind the wheel is not advised.
How to Diffuse Aggressive Situations
If you believe you might become the victim of a road rage-induced incident, there are a few things to try.
When someone reacts to a choice you made behind the wheel, politely wave or smile at them before driving on. If they decide to tailgate you in reaction to whatever you may have done, simply pull over as far to the right side of the road as you can and allow them to pass you.
Don’t speed and don’t stop.
What Are the Consequences?
Aggressive and reckless driving is illegal, but that doesn’t always stop it from happening.
For perpetrators of dangerous driving behavior, it can lead to legal fees or even prison time. Aggressive driving can also lead to extensive car damage.
Contact Your Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
If you believe you are the victim of a road rage-fueled crime, please consider taking legal action.
Our professional team will walk you through the legal steps that are required to press charges.
Road rage has many negative consequences for you and for that perpetrator. Do not hesitate to contact police and your legal team if you think your life has been endangered by another driver.