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How to spot the signs of road rage

If you have been annoyed with other drivers while navigating through traffic, you are not alone. Research published by AAA reported that as many as 80 percent of drivers in Louisiana and throughout the nation have admitted to experiencing anger while driving. Although this may be somewhat normal to become annoyed while stuck in traffic, aggressive driving involves dangerous behaviors that puts the lives of others in danger. Aggressive drivers have a disregard for other motorists’ safety, as well as their own.

While it is always important to be cautious when driving, you should also know how to spot the signs of an aggressive driver. These hazardous behaviors include the following:

  •          Tailgating or following too closely
  •          Speeding
  •          Excessive lane changing and cutting people off
  •          Running red lights and stop signs
  •          Honking and using inappropriate gestures
  •          Aggressive horn honking

People with road rage may speed up, switch lanes quickly and then block other drivers from changing lanes. In some cases, people may become so angered while driving, that they attempt to harm another driver. Numerous cases of people being injured in road rage confrontations fill the media. Some drivers are simply stopped at a light or stop sign only to find themselves in a physical altercation with another motorist.

To avoid these encounters, you should never make eye contact with a person who is attempting to engage with you. Never return words or gestures with another driver. If you spot the signs of an aggressive driver, do not drive near them, and call the authorities if you feel that person is endangering others’ lives.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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