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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