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Signs of Road Rage and How To Avoid It

Road rage is defined as violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver of a motor vehicle which can result in crashes or other incidents on roadways. It also called an extreme case of aggressive driving.

The following are possible signs of road rage or aggressive driving:

  • Generally aggressive driving, including sudden acceleration, braking, and closely tailgating
  • Cutting off other drivers, or preventing other vehicles from merging
  • Hitting the horn or flashing lights
  • Shouting obscenities, or threats
  • Hand gestures
  • Intentionally causing a crash between vehicles
  • Getting out of a vehicle in an attempt to start a confrontation
  • Threatening to use or using a weapon
  • Throwing objects from a moving vehicle

Ways to Avoid Road Rage

  • Keep a cool head
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Never make obscene gestures
  • Do not use your vehicle to intimidate others
  • Get out of the left lane for other fast moving vehicles
  • If you witness something you think is road rage, call police
  • Do not become frustrated or stressed out—if you do, remove yourself from the situation
  • Never get behind the wheel if you are tired or irritable
  • Avoid confrontation

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