Avoid Road Rage

August 3rd, 2011
Road Raged Driver

Road Rage: Violence exhibited by drivers in traffic.

We have all experienced road rage at some point or another, whether demonstrating it or being a victim of it. Road rage is a behavioral pattern that can affect us at any given time, usually triggered when a driver feels rushed, is speeding, or just stuck in traffic. Even the best drivers can become enraged behind the wheel because of something another driver may have done that they have construed as intentional.

According to a 2006 AutoVantage Road Rage Survey, Miami, Florida is listed as the #1 city with the most aggressive drivers. This is due to the difference in the age and diversity within its drivers.

Unfortunately road rage can lead to more than just a yelling match or a few inappropriate gestures, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied more than 10,000 incidents of violent aggressive driving committed between 1990 and 1996, it found that at least 218 people were killed and another 12,610 injured when drivers got angry.

Some Major Offenses:

  • Driving Slowly in the Left Lane
  • Cutting Off
  • Obscene Gestures
  • Horn Blowing
  • Tailgating
  • No Indicating
  • Talking on a cell phone

Avoiding Road Ragers:

  • Be kind
  • Apologize, even if you’re not at fault
  • Don’t take it personally
  • Follow the rules of the road as best as possible

You can avoid other hostile drivers by keeping to yourself and paying as much attention to how good you are driving as possible. Once someone is angry it may take them awhile to calm down but by not engaging in them will keep you safe in the long run. Road rage can become very dangerous and you do not want to find yourself in a potentially fatal predicament.

Avoiding Your Own Rages

  • Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination
  • Avoid raising your adrenaline
  • Deep Breathing

For a lot of people, getting angry when driving on the road can come out of no where and completely take you over. Avoid speeding and loud music as these factors can make it that much easier to lose your cool, you may always want to brush up on your “Woosah-ing”, keeping yourself calm in any driving situation is the key to avoiding road rage.

Always remember, road rage is controllable and as drivers we all have the responsibility to be safe on the road. We also have the choice to engage in other ragers’ behaviors or retaliate against them.

No Raging… No Engaging.


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