There is no question that driving in Georgia traffic can lead to frustration, anxiety and anger. Some people are quick to lose their temper when stuck in rush hour traffic or rushing to get to an important appointment. Road rage is more common than some may think. According to AAA, at least 80% of American motorists admit to experiencing feelings of road rage while driving within the past year alone. It is the reckless driving behaviors that accompany road rage that endanger the lives of others.
If people can spot the signs of aggressive driving, they may be able to avoid getting into a serious accident. The Insurance Information Institute list the following signs of aggressive driving:
- Speeding or racing other vehicles
- Passing other vehicles in prohibited areas
- Cutting off other cars or blocking them
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
- Excessive honking, yelling or using offensive hand gestures toward other drivers
In some cases, road rage can get physical. The situation may escalate to the point where angry drivers leave their vehicles and approach other drivers with the intent to start an altercation. Furthermore, motorists may bump into or hit other cars as a result of their anger.
While it may be difficult to avoid exchanging words or arguing back with aggressive drivers, motorists should avoid getting involved with the situation. Instead, law enforcement officers urge drivers who witness incidents of road rage to alert the police department as quickly as possible. This may help to prevent a dangerous encounter or a deadly accident from occurring.