Road rage is the informal name for deliberately dangerous and/ or violent behavior under the influence of heightened emotion such as anger and frustration, behind the wheel. Road rage can quickly escalate if dangerous drivers exit their cars and threaten physical violence. Environmental conditions like traffic congestion, another’s dangerous driving, and time constraints are the main factors associated with road rage. If you happen upon someone in a fit of road rage, here are some things to remember.
- Whatever you do, don’t retaliate against someone’s road rage.
- Don’t make eye contact with another angry driver.
- If an angry driver follows you, never drive home. Drive directly to a police station.
- Always be courteous toward other drivers, even when they are not.
Most importantly, reduce your own driving stress by always giving yourself enough time to get where you are going. Allow extra time for bad weather conditions and construction delays. Always be patient, respectful, and keep your cool on the road.