The news these days is filled with an alarming number of incidents of dangerous, if not deadly, encounters with drivers experiencing road rage. Here are just a few samplings:
• A Houston woman was shot March 20th in an apparent road rage incident.
• A Syracuse boy will need reconstructive facial surgery after his mother intentionally rammed another car on March 18th.
• A Florida man was arrested March 18th after threatening another motorist with a handgun.
And that’s just incidents from one week! It doesn’t include the high profile death of a mother of four in Las Vegas last month, or the shooting of a Missouri man in early February.
Aggressive drivers are dangerous and scary. Keep reading to find out what you need to know to avoid such confrontations…
What to Look For
Aggressive drivers engage in bad driving behaviors that you can usually spot. You should try to avoid aggressive drivers who:
- Use their horn or flash their headlights excessively;
- Tailgate or cut off other vehicles;
- Give verbal threats or threatening gestures.
When a driver shows signs of being aggressive, that driver could potentially commit an act of road rage which puts other drivers’ safety at risk. They may even try to get the other driver to pull off the road or try to assault the driver. Road rage is a criminal offense.
How to Avoid Confrontation
Here’s how you can help avoid confrontations with potentially explosive aggressive drivers, according to the National Highway Safety Administration:
• Put your pride aside. You may feel frustrated and want to engage with an aggressive driver, but these are volatile drivers. Do not agitate them through your driving behavior, gestures, or words.
• Avoid eye contact and get out of the way.
• Report dangerously aggressive driving. If you or someone else on the road is being bullied by another driver, report the incident to the highway patrol – in Missouri you can call *55. Provide a description of the vehicle, your location, and a license plate number if possible.
At the Bryant Motors car dealership in Sedalia, we want all of our drivers to stay safe on the road.