Navigating the Texas roadways can be difficult at times. Whether you are stuck behind a slow driver or rushing to get through traffic to make an important appointment, it is easy to get frustrated while behind the wheel. If you have ever encountered such a problem, you are not alone. More than 80% of American drivers admit that they too have had road rage, according to AAA.
Road rage alone is not the problem. The dangerous driving behaviors that come as a result of enraged drivers pose a risk to others. Aggressive driving was involved in 56% of fatal car accidents during a five-year period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is critical that you are able to spot the signs of road rage and aggressive driving so you may avoid a catastrophic car accident.
Be aware of the following driving behaviors:
- Illegal passing, cutting off or blocking other drivers
- Failure to obey traffic signs, signals and the right of way
- Improper following or tailgating
- Racing other vehicles or speeding through the streets
- Yelling obscenities and excessive horn honking
Drivers may become so enraged that they actually hit into other vehicles or exit their car to start an altercation.
While you may feel inclined to defend yourself, yell back, return hand gestures or honk, it is important that you do not. Engaging with an aggressive driver can make the situation worse. Instead, avoid any eye contact and alert law enforcement to the problem. By reporting the behavior, you can minimize the risk of other people getting into a car accident.