Victims of road rage may not live to tell about it. Learn all you can about road rage, as the life you save may be your own. Road rage is serious business.

Let’s explore what you need to know about road rage.

What is Road Rage?

Per the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV.Org), “Road rage is defined as aggressive or violent behavior stemming from a driver’s uncontrolled anger at the actions of another motorist.”

What are Common Triggers of Road Rage?

Drivers with road rage will tailgate you; it triggers their road rage when you tailgate them. Make a concerted effort to leave adequate space between you and the car in front of you.

As they say, what’s right for the goose isn’t always right for the gander – resist cutting in front of another driver, even if they are pokey. You may incite an incident of road rage.

Driving isn’t the time to toot your own horn. Unless there is a true emergency, keep your hand off the horn.

What are Signs of Road Rage?

Typically, drivers who experience road rage tailgate, cut other drivers off, and rarely use turn signals. They lay on their horns for no apparent reason.

As you see, drivers with road rage exhibit the behaviors that make them angry at other drivers.

Road rage can lead to violence, such as the driver getting out of their vehicle and hitting or even shooting a driver who inadvertently ignites their wrath.

What is the Root Cause of Road Rage?

It’s important to understand that you are not the root cause of another driver’s road rage, although you may unknowingly be a symptom.

Nobody can definitively pinpoint a single cause for road rage. It is one of the signs of intermittent explosive disorder, aka adult temper tantrums. This disorder involves frequent incidents of explosive rage and/or brutal behavior, unrelated to the event.

Also, the root cause of road rage could be the stress of everyday life.
Although knowing the root cause of road rage may encourage healing, the cause is not as important as the effects.

Is Road Rage Illegal?

Again, deferring to the DMV, “If a law enforcement officer catches you engaging in road rage, you can be charged with a criminal offense.”

However, some states do not have laws governing road rage. Check for your state for the current status of road rage laws.

How to Protect Yourself from Drivers with Road Rage

Road rage victims should dismiss any notion of “getting even.” Road rage is becoming so common, angry drivers who feel disrespected, have even followed their victim home and perpetrated lethal assaults.

Gone are the days when you could smile at the driver beside you in another lane. Could be the person thinks you are making fun of him, and he may sideswipe your car or physically attack you.

Just look straight ahead and go when the traffic moves or the light changes to green.

Keep your doors and windows locked. Don’t get out of your car and approach the other driver’s vehicle. Alternatively, if the other driver approaches your vehicle, try to drive away. If you can’t leave the vicinity, call 911 for assistance.

If you are being followed, drive to a nearby police station, fire station, or a parking lot containing a lot of people.

Be a courteous driver, keep calm, and keep your eyes on the road ahead. Take a defensive driving course.

When confronted by a driver with road rage, do not retaliate. Be mindful your safety is paramount.

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