Aggressive driving is becoming a major problem on our roadways, and it seems to be worse during the holiday season. Incidents of rude gestures, screaming, and violence are reported frequently on our roadways. Texas Auto wants you to know how you can help keep our roads safe from road rage.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle”.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it is possible you may be prone to road rage:
- Do you honk your horn often?
- Do you ever use obscene gestures to other drivers?
- Do you tailgate drivers you believe are driving too slow?
- Do you drive over the speed limit?
Many times when people are under stress in other areas of their life a road rage incident can occur.
You may be causing others to lash out with road rage. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you text or talk on your phone while driving?
- Regardless of oncoming traffic, do you keep you high beams on?
- Do you not use your turn signal when switching lanes or making turns?
- Do you cut people off because you fail to check your blind spot before switching lanes?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you may be contributing to road rage in others. It is best to always be aware of other drivers and drive cautiously.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure you and/or other drivers won’t be tempted into road rage.
- Listen to soothing music when you drive.
- Always remember that you are sharing the road.
- Keep space between yourself and other drivers.
- Do not make obscene gestures at other drivers.
If you find that you have angered another driver, whether the fault is truly yours or not, be the bigger person. This helps everyone! If you’re in imminent danger always call the police.
If you are caught engaging in road rage, you could be charged with a criminal offense. That means you will need to go to court, pay legal fees, and possibly face jail time. Road rage is simply not worth it. If you give in to road rage, the other driver could have a deadly weapon, putting you in serious danger. Getting home safely is more important than teaching someone a dangerous lesson.
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Christmas is just days a way! Don’t forget to buy a gift for the one thing that takes care of you all year long- your vehicle! Texas Auto recommends checking out these awesome Christmas gifts for your vehicle:
1. All-Season Floor Mats
With all-season floor mats, you can rest easy knowing that your carpet is safe and sound underneath. Having all-season rubber floor mats takes away the frustration of a stained carpet!
2. Splash Guards/Mud Flaps
Keep the slush and dirt off your vehicle this winter with splash guards/mud flaps. Splash guards/mud flaps will help keep the dirt and grime in the wheel wells where it belongs.
4. Fog Lights
Some mornings you cannot see two feet in front of you ,fog lights become not so much an accessory as a safety measure. Just be sure to tell your kids not to stare at them.
5. Bluetooth Phone System
Continuing with the trend of safety features, while fog lights may help your driving in bad conditions, it won’t help with pesky phone calls! Having a bluetooth phone system handy in your vehicle helps remove one less distraction from your hectic ride.
6. DVD entertainment system
For long holiday drives, a DVD entertainment system is a godsend. They will keep your kids happy and calm, and potentially reduce time spent pulling over for bathroom breaks
One thing that can be said about Christmas shopping: very rarely do you run OUT of ideas for gifts. Just don’t forget to get something nice for your vehicle.
Is your car ready for the winter months? Make an appointment with Texas Auto and let us take care of your auto repair and maintenance needs!
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December just might be one of the most dangerous months on the road. Whether your rushing to the next holiday party, making a “Happy Holidays” phone call behind the wheel or indulging in some holiday cocktails prior to hitting the road, Texas Auto wants to remind you of the most dangerous behaviors drivers exhibit during the holiday season.
1. Fatigued Driving. Increased demands and activities during the winter holidays often mean significantly reduced sleep schedules.
2. Impaired Driving. Holiday and company parties and celebrations typically involve consumption of alcohol. An increase in the number of impaired drivers using the roadways during the holidays has been well-established by law enforcement.
3. Pressured Driving. The holidays typically bring with them increased pressures, financial stress and the stress created by trying to do too much in a short time span. People will often drive too fast or aggressive and generally disregard the needs and safety of others using the road.
4. Distracted Driving. Drivers will be using their cell phone for both talking and texting. It also includes driving while using a smartphone to surf the web.
It is not uncommon for a single driver to manifest all four dangerous driving behaviors at the same time, especially in the final ten days of the year.
Texas Auto reminds you to take plenty of breaks and do not push yourself to meet an unrealistic schedule. Stay fresh and alert when driving. Driving requires your full attention, pull off the road if you have to use your cellphone. If there will be drinking at your holiday party, make sure to have a designated driver for your group. This holiday season stay safe out there!