Anger behind the wheel: What you should know about road rage

| Nov 24, 2020 | Car Accidents

As a South Carolina motorist, you know first hand the frustration of getting stuck in traffic. Angry drivers are not uncommon on state roadways. In fact, at least 80% of American drivers admit that they have felt road rage at least once during the past year, according to AAA. 

Aggressive driving can become especially dangerous when it turns to road rage. During a five-year period, 56% of deadly car accidents involved some form of aggressive driving, including speeding. 

Spotting the signs of aggressive driving

Motorists with road rage exhibit a number of aggressive driving behaviors. The Insurance Information Institute reported the following hazardous driving behaviors to lookout for: 

  • Erratically changing lanes  
  • Speeding or tailgating 
  • Cutting off other vehicles or blocking them from changing lanes 
  • Failing to yield to traffic signals, stop signs, crosswalks or other drivers right of way 
  • Making improper turns 
  • Excessively honking and yelling at other cars 

Angry drivers may use explicit language and obscene hand gestures. Their anger may escalate to road rage when angry drivers threaten others with physical harm or hit into other vehicles. 

Knowing how to handle the situation

While you may feel inclined to get involved in the road rage situation, law enforcement officers advise against it. Rather than yell back or exchange hand gestures, it is best to contact law enforcement and let them know the location of the situation. Avoid making eye contact or escalating the situation. 

When you alert officers, you help to minimize the risk of becoming involved in a deadly car accident. Furthermore, you may help to save others’ lives as well.