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Recognizing and Guarding Yourself Against Drivers with Road Rage

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Recognizing and Guarding Yourself Against Drivers with Road RageAccording to a recent survey of drivers in the U.S., 82 percent confessed to having road rage in the past year. When you are in a bad mood, it is easy for the minor annoyances of driving to make you angry. Problems arise when road rage turns into aggressive driving. People who drive aggressively and fueled by anger are more likely to cause a traffic accident, which may seriously injure someone. It is important to be able to identify aggressive drivers on the road and to know how to protect yourself against them.

Signs of Aggression

Drivers who are experiencing road rage will often travel at high speeds and show little regard for the safety of others. Aggressive driving behavior may include:

  • Tailgating, which is following a vehicle too closely
  • Excessive use of the car horn
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Obscene or threatening gestures and language

In extreme cases of road rage, the driver may target someone and attempt to cause them harm, such as using a weapon or exiting their vehicle with the intent to start a fight.

Protecting Yourself

If you encounter an aggressive driver, the best way to protect yourself is to not engage with the driver and to give them plenty of space. Let them pass you if they seem impatient, and do not make eye contact with the driver or respond to their provocations. Sometimes, your driving behavior may be the source of someone else’s road rage, making you the target of their aggression. To prevent this from happening, you should avoid:

  • Driving slowly in the left lane
  • Cutting someone off while changing lanes
  • Tailgating
  • Showing signs of displeasure or annoyance towards another driver

You may be able to calm down a road rage incident by simply going out of your way to act courteously. However, you should seek help if the aggressive driver continues to engage and threaten you. Call the police or go to a public location with other people to discourage the aggressive driver from attacking you.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney

Most drivers feel remorse for their actions once their road rage has passed, but the damage may already be done if their aggressive behavior caused an accident in which you were injured. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury lawyer at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, will aide you in receiving injury compensation from the aggressive driver. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.




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