If you have ever driven during rush hour, you know first-hand the struggles of fighting traffic. Whether you are on your way to an important meeting or stuck behind a slow driver while trying to get to an appointment, you may have felt angry and overwhelmed. Road rage is a serious problem in Georgia and across the United States, as it leads to aggressive driving, car accidents, injuries and deaths.
Approximately 80% of Americans agree that they have at some point felt enraged while driving, according to AAA. Furthermore, the Insurance Information Institute reported that 56% of deadly car accidents involved aggressive driving. It is critical that you are able to spot the signs of aggressive driving and know how to react in order to minimize the risk of becoming involved in a deadly collision.
Some common signs of road rage include the following:
- Changing lanes suddenly, cutting off other vehicles or blocking cars
- Racing other vehicles or speeding
- Following too closely or purposely tailgating
- Making improper turns or U-turns
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
- Failing to signal or follow traffic signs
Enraged drivers may yell, use profanities and display obscene hand gestures. In some cases, angry drivers may exit their vehicles, approach other drivers and start physical altercations.
Due to these dangers, you should never confront to engage with angry drivers. Avoid eye contact and returning comments. If you spot an angry driver, alert authorities and allow them to take care of the issue.