When another driver cuts you off, deliberately tailgates you, or tries to get you into a car accident, you may feel a little anger of your own – as well as some justifiable fear. When you consider that two-thirds of all traffic fatalities are associated with aggressive driving, it’s clear that all drivers should be concerned about road rage. Let’s take a look at how you can avoid this phenomenon, both in others and in yourself.
The broadest definition of road rage is any deliberately aggressive act by one driver toward another driver. This may include causing a car accident, trying to run the car off the road, physically assaulting the other driver, or engaging in any other dangerous behavior simply to annoy the driver. You can’t control other drivers’ mental or emotional states, but you can recognize them and avoid pushing common road rage buttons.
If you are experiencing aggressive behavior from another driver, try distancing yourself and giving the other driver plenty of room. Don’t look the other other driver in the eye; it could be interpreted as “making it personal.” If the harassment continues, call the police or pull into a public area. Follow proper driving etiquette by using your indicators, driving at posted speeds, letting people in ahead of you etc.
If you’re feeling the beginnings of road rage as you drive, stamp that flame out before it leads you into criminal liability. Play your favorite music, breathe deeply, and get any irritations under control before you get behind the wheel. Focus on staying safe, not “defeating” the other potentially-deadly weapons whizzing around you on the highway.
Whether you’re a victim or a perpetrator of road rage, you may benefit from the services of a trusted legal team. Contact our office so we can discuss your case.