Road rage is when a person who is behind a motor vehicle becomes aggressively angry. This usually occurs during rush hour or when an individual is in heavy traffic, especially if they are trying to arrive at a place by a certain time. They tend to vent their frustration on other motorists who are sharing the road. They may use profanity, verbally insult another person, or drive in an unsafe or threatening manner, such as tailgating. They may chase other drivers, drive at high speeds, throw things at another car, or intentionally try and cause a collision.
Some drivers use their vehicles as weapons by driving into a building to get the other person’s attention. Some even go as far as using a weapon, such as a gun, knife, golf clubs, or crowbar, against another motorists. They sometimes even use their bare hands or feet to attack the other driver.
Many times innocent bystanders, such as pedestrians and passengers, find themselves caught in the middle because they are unable to avoid the aggressive driver. This can lead to murders or serious injuries, which can be so severe that it can cause brain damage, paralysis, and other disabling effects.
Learning how to prevent road rage is necessary to prevent these injuries and deaths from occurring.The following are some things to consider to make driving safer for both you and other motorists:
-If you are upset about an incident that has occurred before driving or while driving, take a deep breath and relax. You may want to even stop to a store to get something to eat or drink until your emotions calm down.
-If something is worrying or depressing you, it may be a good idea to listen to music. This will help uplift your spirit.
-If other drivers are impatiently hurrying you along on the road, it is probably best to leave earlier than usual to help avoid being in contact with frustrated drivers or other things out of control, such as slow drivers.
-If you are approached by an angry driver, please remain in your car and make sure that the doors are locked and the windows are rolled up completely. Do not give any eye contact. You may want to contact the police if they become too aggressive.
-If at all possible, please do not put up hand gestures. Another driver can interpret it as you being rude and it can fuel their anger.
-If you make a mistake and upset another driver in anyway, be very apologetic. It may be helpful to say that you are sorry or that it was your stupid mistake.
-It is best to use a hands-free device if you need to talk on your phone. This will help you better concentrate on the road and prevent you from doing anything that will upset another driver, such as cutting them off.