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With summer heating up and tempers rising on the roadways, let’s all remember to take a deep breath, keep a cool head and ensure everyone is making it home to their families.

Aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding and tailgating, can often lead to road rage. According to the National Safety Council, motorists rate this as a top threat to highway safety.

Common reasons that cause road rage and wisdom from experts—to ensure your safety while driving.

6 ways to avoid road rage:

  • Move over if someone is tailgating you
  • Wave to attempt to defuse the situation
  • Plan ahead; allow time for delays
  • Listen to music you enjoy
  • Use your horn sparingly
  • Avoid eye contact with angry drivers and give them plenty of room

Understanding the behavior of other drivers and staying calm is key. If we can’t appreciate their situation, then we are more likely to get offended, angry and even rageful if their driving bothers us.

Common reasons drivers experience road rage:

  • Fighting over a parking space
  • Cut off
  • Not allowed to pass
  • Given the finger
  • Annoyed at someone honking too much
  • Stuck behind a slow driver
  • Tailgated

Reasons to avoid aggressive driving:

  • Aggressive driving plays a role in over half of traffic fatalities.
  • Most people who encounter aggressive driving behavior respond in kind, in turn escalating the situation.
  • A firearm is involved in 37% of aggressive driving incidents.

Everyone gets frustrated while driving, and almost everyone acts out, on occasion. A 2014 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that half of all drivers had purposely yelled at another driver, tailgated another vehicle or honked a horn “to show anger” at least once in the past year.

Anonymity is a major contributor to the road rage problem, whether in our vehicle or on social media, having anonymity can contribute to our feeling of being disconnected to others and empowers us to act in ways we would never consider if the same situation happens face-to-face. But there may be a price to pay for this disconnect. An aggressive driver who contributes to a crash, an injury or a death is likely to end up in court, or worse.

Working together to reduce road rage makes us all safer and prevents unnecessary crashes, injuries and increased insurance premiums for everyone.