As people in Illinois and across the U.S. have experienced an increase in stress, the frustration often comes out on the road. Road rage is a major issue throughout the nation, and can lead to serious accidents, injuries and death.
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, 56% of motor vehicle accidents over a five-year period involved at least one form of aggressive driving. Furthermore, at least 80% of people admit to having road rage at some point within the last 12 months.
What are the signs of road rage?
Road rage takes on many forms, but the aggressive driving behaviors associated with it puts others lives in danger. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the signs of road rage include the following:
- Excessively honking, yelling and displaying hand gestures
- Changing lanes excessively, cutting off other drivers
- Blocking other drivers from changing lanes
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way, traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks
- Speeding or racing other vehicles
- Tailgating or following too closely
In extreme cases, enraged drivers may intentionally hit other vehicles. They may also approach their vehicles with the intent to harm other drivers.
How can one manage the dangers of road rage?
Whether drivers recognize the signs of road rage in another motorist or they themselves are feeling anger build up while stuck in traffic, it is critical to know how to handle the situation. Those who spot an aggressive motorist should contact law enforcement rather than become involved in the situation. Drivers who feel frustrated while on the road should try slowing down, listening to calm music and taking deep breaths. Hazardous driving is not worth getting into an accident, causing injuries or fatality harming another person.