We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the road, minding your own business, and then someone cuts you off or doesn’t use their turn signal. Before you know it, you’re in a full-blown rage and ready to do whatever it takes to get that person back. Road rage can be extremely dangerous – and even fatal, but you can avoid it.
What is road rage?
Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle. It can manifest itself in many ways, but always involves aggression. One of the most common ways road rage is expressed is through yelling and swearing. Another way is by making gestures that are meant to threaten or intimidate the other driver, such as shaking a fist or giving the finger. In extreme cases, road rage can even lead to violence and sometimes, death. Also, if you’ve had someone tailgate you or tried to run you off the road, that’s road rage.
Common consequences of road rage
One of the most obvious consequences of road rage is an increased risk of getting into an accident. If you’re tailgating someone or trying to run them off the road, it’s only a matter of time before you cause an accident. And, even if you don’t cause an accident, your aggressive driving can still lead to a ticket or even losing your license. Additionally, road rage can lead to personal injury and damage personal relationships. If you’re constantly yelling and swearing at other drivers, your loved ones are going to start to worry about you and wonder if you have a problem.
What should you do if you’re a victim of road rage?
If you find yourself the victim of another driver’s road rage, the best thing to do is to stay calm and avoid any confrontations. Don’t engage with the other driver in any way. If they are trying to start a fight or get your attention, ignore them.
Another thing you can do is to try and defuse the situation by being friendly. Smile and wave at the other driver, even if they are trying to intimidate you. This might help to diffuse the situation and make them back down.
If you can’t avoid the other driver or diffusing the situation doesn’t work, your best bet may be to call the police. In the end, it’s important to be aware of road rage and what to do to avoid it or how to act if you find yourself in a situation where you are the victim.