Road Rage, Aggressive Driving and How to Avoid Them

 

Almost daily we see headlines regarding road rage incidents or accidents cause by aggressive driving. Though events involving the two aren’t always dramatic, they are usually intense and very stressful situations.

Most if not all of us can say we have seen a driver following too closely, swerving in and out of lanes, speeding, honking, driving while distracted, or even yelling or making obscene gestures at other drivers and pedestrians. In many cases that aggressive or enraged driver has been us.

A recent report by ABC Action News showed that Florida leads the nation in cases of road rage with 277 cases since 2014. What’s more, South Florida has the highest incidences of road rage in the state!

Pretty scary right? The good news is we can all do our part to avoid road rage and aggressive driving and it all starts with educating ourselves.

Driving behaviors that are dangerous:

  • Following too closely or cutting other drivers off
  • Purposely preventing other drivers from changing lanes
  • Gesturing, honking, or screaming at other drivers or pedestrians
  • Chasing or challenging other drivers
  • Intentionally ramming into other cars
  • Getting out of the car to confront another driver or pedestrian

If you observe any of these behaviors while on the road, whether they are being done to you or another person, stay away as far as possible from the offender. When possible, pull over to a safe location and contact the police. Whatever you do, do not respond with the same behavior or confront the driver.

How to prevent road rage and aggressive driving

  • Be conscious of your emotions, behaviors, and reactions when on the road. You can ask a friend or family member to watch how you react and provide feedback
  • If you frequently experience road rage try using a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft, or public transportation during rush hour or other high-stress times.
  • Put on calming music or listen to audio book while driving
  • Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing when you feel yourself getting on-edge
  • Don’t rush – allow plenty of time to get to your destination
  • Try taking small side streets or back road instead of busy highways, specially during high traffic times.
  • Educate yourself and learn and follow proper traffic laws and driving “etiquette.”
  • If you can’t seem to get a handle on your road rage reach out for help. Consider taking anger management classes or look into therapy.

Road rage and aggressive driving may be common issues but they are not totally unavoidable. We can each do our part in making our commute more enjoyable and the roads safer.

 

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