4 Tips for Preventing Road Rage Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in America, contributing to 33 percent of all automobile collisions involving driver error and 66 percent of traffic fatalities. Nearly every motorist has witnessed aggressive driving, as some of the most common behaviors include:
- Cutting others off
- Honking excessively
- Flashing headlights
- Making obscene gestures
In addition to those dangerous actions, some 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm or other weapon, and over a seven-year period, more than 200 murders and almost 13,000 injuries were attributed to road rage.
The following are four effective ways you can prevent the hazards of road rage.
Maintain Your Composure – The best way to help make our roads safer is leading by example. Even if you are provoked by another motorist, you should always be a courteous driver, as retaliating with your own aggressive behavior will only serve to escalate the situation.
Reduce Your Stress – Driving can trigger anxiety, especially if you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, running late, or just having a bad day. If you feel you’re becoming irritated behind the wheel, try taking deep breaths and listening to calming music. For long trips, plan ahead to give yourself ample time to safely reach your destination, taking into consideration traffic patterns, construction zones, and inclement weather.
Protect Yourself – If you are being targeted by an aggressive driver, try to keep space between you and the other motorist, if possible, or pull over to the side of the road to let the other driver pass. If you are stopped in traffic, ensure that your doors are locked and that you maintain enough room to pull out from the car in front of you, in case the aggressive driver approaches your vehicle.
Report Dangerous Drivers – Many states maintain a hotline for reporting aggressive drivers to a local law enforcement agency. Save the number in your phone, and if you witness aggressive driving, pull over to the side of the road and call to report the incident. If possible, give a detailed description of the driver and their behavior, vehicle, license plate number, location, and travel direction.
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