Filed to Safety on Jun 05, 2017
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:
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:
Reasons to avoid aggressive driving:
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.