Whether you are stuck behind a slow driver on the way to an important appointment or you are rushing to get home from work, driving often creates anger and anxiety. In fact, more than 80% of drivers across the United States agree that they have had road rage at some point within the last year, according to AAA. Furthermore, 56% of deadly accidents involve aggressive driving
Although motorists with road rage present a hazard to other drivers and people on the road, it is the aggressive driving behaviors that really put lives in danger. When you understand how to spot the signs of road rage, you may be able to avoid becoming involved in a car accident. Some signs to look for include the following:
- Failing to adhere to traffic signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks
- Speeding or racing other vehicles
- Tailgating or riding on the bumper of the car in front
- Using obscene hand gestures or yelling obscenities
- Cutting off other drivers while switching lanes
- Blocking other drivers from changing lanes
People with road rage can take their anger to another level. Aggressive drivers may use their vehicle to bump into other motorists. Memphis law enforcement reports that they have responding to 29 road rage shootings this year alone. When angry drivers exit their vehicles and start a physical altercation with other drivers, the outcome has the potential to become deadly. If you spot a driver with road rage, it is best to contact law enforcement and alert them to the problem.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.