Road rage can come in many hazardous forms, and there are two simple ways to avoid provoking it.
Road rage is real and can be very dangerous when you are out on the road. Over the past several decades, the number of road rage incidents has gotten out of control. It isn’t just about someone being angry and cutting you off or following too closely. Road rage can come in many hazardous forms, and there are two simple ways to avoid provoking it.
The statistics show that as many as 1,500 people in the US are injured – or even worse, killed – in road rage incidents every year. 2% of those are run off the road, and many drivers are accused of having weapons like firearms or knives. Instead of provoking someone without being aware of what they are capable of, it is always best to assume that the driver next to you might be dangerous and adjust your driving habits accordingly.
To minimize your risk of becoming a victim of road rage, take note of the following tips.
Avoid Engaging in Aggressive Behavior
When driving, avoid those things that can agitate someone or bring out the rage in another driver. Behaviors that can lead to road rage are following too closely, cutting someone off, speeding ahead of another driver, or just being too aggressive.
If someone is driving over the speed limit, it is best to allow them to pass you. The reality is that it is not your job to police the streets. If someone wants to go faster than you, don’t attempt to slow them down. Move over and let them pass. You never know – someone may be in a hurry for an emergency.
Avoid Using Your Horn to Express Anger
Horns are meant to give a heads-up, not to make someone upset. A horn is a way to make others aware of you, not signal that you are mad, and potentially elicit retaliatory anger. Use your horn sparingly and only as a “heads-up,” not as an “I am mad” signal.
If you are wrong, give a friendly wave. There are times when anyone can mess up when driving. If you have done something mistakenly, like cut someone off or not seen them because they were in your blind spot, you may attempt to let them know by waving a friendly “sorry” to head things off.
Cars are a great convenience, but they can also be a huge danger if you deal with an angry driver. If you are a victim of road rage that led to either an accident or threatening conditions, it is best to consult a St. Louis car accident lawyer to guide you through how to get the full amount of compensation you are legally entitled to and protect your legal rights.
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