Spend any time at all on the road, and you quickly pick up on the signs of road rage.
One driver might ride the tail of the vehicle in front of their own, gesturing wildly all the way. Another might roll down their window and shout threats at someone they think cut them off in traffic. Road rage can even escalate into violence with one driver forcing another off the road — or worse.
Recent reports indicate drivers are giving in to their worst instincts
All over the country, the authorities say that road rage is a rising problem, with more and more incidents of violence happening all the time. Plus, a recent survey by AAA found that roughly 80% of people admit to an act of anger, aggressive driving or road rage within the last year alone.
How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from road rage?
When another driver is being aggressive, pulling too close, blocking your ability to change lanes or making rude gestures at you, here’s what to do:
- Don’t retaliate. As upsetting as it may be, don’t give into the temptation to fight fire with fire. It seldom ends well.
- Disengage. Whenever possible, change lanes, slow down or find an exit to get away from the aggressive driver.
- Don’t stop. Stopping your car could provoke the other driver into also stopping — and that can lead to a violent confrontation.
- Find safety. If the other driver is following you, keep your doors locked and keep driving until you can find the nearest safe spot. Do not head toward your home. Instead, look for a police station or call 911.
Incidents of road rage can lead to wrecks and injuries. If it happens to you, remember: It’s your right to hold the other party financially accountable for your losses.