Drivers in New York and in other states across the nation may be familiar with road rage. It is not unusual to come across an aggressive driver on any given day, whether stuck in traffic or rushing home from work. In fact, at least 80% of adult American drivers confess that they too have experienced road rage within the past year, according to AAA.
The dangers of road rage stem from the hazardous driving behaviors that often accompany it. It is helpful for people to understand these dangerous mannerisms in order to minimize their risk of becoming involved in a serious car accident.
Identifying the behaviors
The Insurance Information Institute lists the following as aggressive driving behaviors:
- Changing lanes erratically
- Honking the horn excessive or yelling profane language
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
- Failing to adhere to traffic signals, traffic signs and pedestrian crosswalks
- Cutting off other drivers or blocking them from changing lanes
Aggressive motorists may race one another or speed through traffic. In some cases, drivers with road rage may target certain motorists and follow them. Angry drivers may take the situation a step further by attempting to hit the other vehicle or exiting their car to approach other drivers.
Alerting the proper authorities
It is difficult for drivers to know what to do if they should come across an aggressive motorist. Rather than engage with the angry driver by yelling back or confronting them, it is best to avoid eye contact altogether. People should call the local law enforcement department and give them the location of the problem. Officers can then take care of the problem safely and minimize the potential of injury to other drivers.