Road rage is a constant danger to motorists on Florida roadways and throughout the United States. Whether you had a bad day at work, got into an argument or are stuck in traffic while on your way to an important meeting, you may feel frustrated while behind the wheel.
Feelings of anger, anxiety and frustration can lead to dangerous driving behaviors, which threaten others on the road. It is important that you know how to handle your emotions if you feel your temper flare and are able to spot signs of road rage in others.
What are the dangers?
Road rage is more common than you may think. In fact, at least 80% of Americans motorists agree that they have felt enraged while driving at least once within the past year, according to AAA. When motorists are angry, it can show in their driving behaviors. They may lose their sense of caution, patience and diligence while behind the wheel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least one type of aggressive driving behavior was involved in 56% of deadly motor vehicle accidents. Speeding is the most common danger, and is responsible for killing 8,596 people in car accidents in one year alone.
What are the signs of an angry driver?
Driving hazards can take many forms, including the following:
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
- Pulling out in front of other vehicles or excessive lane changing
- Blocking vehicles from changing lanes
- Racing other vehicles or speeding
- Tailgating or following too close
Drivers with road rage may yell at other drivers or start a physical altercation.
If you should find yourself losing your temper while behind the wheel, take a moment to calm down. Listen to soft music or take deep breaths. If you should spot someone displaying these dangerous behaviors, contact law enforcement and alert them to the problem.