Driving in New York can be frustrating, especially when caught in traffic. You may be rushing to get to work or are running late for an appointment when you are stuck behind a slow driver or in the middle of construction. Many people experience road rage when in these types of situations. In fact, more than 80% of drivers in the U.S.admit to having rage while behind the wheel within the last year, according to AAA. This rage can become deadly, however, when motorists drive aggressively and put others’ lives at risk.
If you are able to identify the signs of aggressive driving, you may be able to minimize your risk of being injured or killed in a catastrophic car accident. It is important to be on the lookout for the following driving behaviors:
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Racing other vehicles or speeding
- Weaving through lanes and in between vehicles
- Blocking cars or cutting them off
- Failing to adhere to traffic signals, signs and pedestrian crosswalks
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
Drivers with road rage may yell expletives, display inappropriate hand gestures or even get out of their car to confront another motorist. Aggressive drivers have been known to bump other vehicles or even start a fight with another person.
Since drivers with road rage can be extremely dangerous, it is critical to never engage with them. Rather than return words or gestures, alert law officers to the situation. You may be able to prevent an accident.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.