In our last blog, we discussed the topic of road rage in
The first thing you should do if you encounter road rage is to slow down and let the angry driver pass, if possible. Most likely, the driver is angry, aggressive, and speeding. Let him pass out of sight by slowing down while maintaining a safe speed relative to the other traffic. In the process, be sure to avoid making eye contact and hand gestures. Diffuse the situation.
Of course, this is the HARDEST thing to do, because “road rage” generally occurs when the adrenaline of one or more drivers spikes. You cannot do much about the other driver. You can only control yourself. It should not become a test of “who is toughest” while you are driving 3000 lb death machines, especially in the presence of other innocent drivers.
There is always the option of pulling off on an exit and taking a break. If the driver has continued on and is following you, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you decide to exit the road or highway, be sure to stop only at a location such as a police station or highway patrol office where you can be assisted by the authorities. It is important not to get out of your car if you are being followed by an angry driver, as your safety could be at a greater risk.
If you are driving and see an accident further down the road caused by road rage, you should stop a safe distance from the crash scene and wait for the police to arrive. You can then report the aggressive behavior to the police when they arrive.
In the event that you are involved in a car accident as a result of an aggressive driver, it is important that you remain in your vehicle. Watch the other driver for continued aggression. Roll up your windows, lock your doors and wait for the police to arrive. Remember, you are in that situation because the other driver was angry and reckless enough to cause a collision. Now that his/her vehicle is damaged, do you think their anger will be gone? Hardly. Rather, they will probably be even madder. Call 9-1-1, and protect yourself.
The roads are dangerous enough without the presence of road rage, which is why we must be extra vigilant and prepared when we encounter an aggressive driver. Mistakes happen all the time on the road: didn't check a blind spot, forgot to use the turn signal, drove ahead of their turn at the stop sign. But being the victim of someone else's road revenge is something no one deserves. A little patience, a little sanity, and a little precaution go a long way.
Safe—and happy—driving to you all.