We have all heard of road rage incidents, but do you really understand what the term “road rage” means? Aggressive driving has been a major problem since cars first became popular. With millions of vehicles on our state roadways each day, understanding what road rage is and how to avoid it can go a long way towards keeping you and your loved ones safe.
Road range incidents include a multitude of activities on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operators or passengers of another motor vehicle.”
There is a clear distinction between aggressive driving and road rage. Road rage is a criminal offense, where aggressive driving is typically a traffic offense.
Psychology Today says that incidents of road rage (along with their percentage of occurrence) can include:
Drivers aged 25-39 are most likely to report tailgating, honking, gesturing, cutting off, yelling, and exiting to confront other drivers. Drivers aged 19-24 were most likely to report trying to block other vehicles from changing lanes or bumping into other vehicles intentionally. Male drivers are much more likely to engage in road rage behaviors.
Have you ever wondered if you are prone to road rage? Ask yourself these questions and give honest answers:
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you could be susceptible to road rage. Road rage is often a sign of other issues related to a person’s life. If you have other life-stressors, then congested traffic and other careless drivers could trigger your road rage.
Is there a chance you are causing another person’s road rage? Not that their behavior is excusable, but ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered yes to those questions, you may be the cause of another person’s road rage. You should always be aware of the roadway and never drive while distracted.
If you find yourself in a road rage situation, whether you are at-fault for an incident or not, do not react or retaliate regardless of what they are doing. Engaging in the situation will only make it worse. If necessary, call 911 and report what is happening and get away if you can do so safely. If you are involved in an accident and have questions about filing a lawsuit, contact our Indianapolis accident attorney, Merry Fountain. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.