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Road Rage

- February 19, 2019 by Ken Helfrich (View all posts by Ken)

We have all heard the term “Road Rage”, but do you really know what it means? Have you ever demonstrated the signs, or been the victim of road rage?  Chances are you have.

Road rage is best described as aggressive driving, or acts of angry behavior by the driver of a motor vehicle.

So what can you do to avoid becoming a victim of road rage? The best way is to ensure that you are mentally fit for driving; this means minimizing outside stress and fatigue.

In addition, there are some driving behaviors you can avoid to reduce your risk of becoming a victim:

  1. Avoid tailgating.
  2. Minimize the use of your high beams.
  3. Minimize the use of your horn.
  4. Avoid cutting others off.
  5. Stay out of the fast lane, other than to pass, and then get back in the right lane.
  6. Avoid hand gestures, even innocent gestures can be misconstrued.

Of course, there are no guarantees that following these recommendations will protect you 100% of the time; however, they are good rules of the road. What should you do if you find yourself becoming a victim of road rage? Here are a few tips that I have shared with some of my clients:

  1. No matter how bad you may want to, DO NOT react! Avoid eye contact as this can be seen as confrontational.
  2. Make sure your windows are rolled up and that your doors are locked.
  3. If you have to stop in traffic be sure to leave enough space between you and the car in front of you in case you have to pull out in an emergency.
  4. If the other driver continues to hassle you, or you think you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station, or a busy shopping center and start drawing attention to yourself by honking your horn. DO NOT drive to your house, you do not want this person knowing where you live!

For additional information and safety tips please contact your local law enforcement agency or visit the AAA Foundations website for Traffic Safety at www.aaafoundation.org