The roads of California are often filled with motorists who are rushing to work, running to an appointment or anxious to get home from work. While navigating the California roadways at any given moment, you may find yourself stuck behind a slow driver, caught in traffic or cut off by a speeding vehicle. At some point, you may have been the driver behind these hazardous driving behaviors. In fact, at least 80% of American drivers admit to having bouts of road rage within the last year, according to AAA. If you know the signs of road rage, you may be able to avoid becoming involved in a deadly car accident.
When people engage in aggressive driving behaviors, they put other motorists at risk. These dangerous behaviors include the following:
- Racing other vehicles or speeding
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Switching lanes, cutting off other vehicles and/or blocking cars
- Honking the horn excessively
- Failing to yield to traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks and other drivers’ right of way
- Yelling at other drivers or using obscene hand gestures
In some cases, angry drivers may become so irate that they bump other vehicles with their cars or could cause a car accident. Drivers with road rage may initiate fights and get into physical altercations with other drivers as well.
If you spot an aggressive driver, you should avoid interacting with him or her. Instead, notify law enforcement of the issue and allow officers to take care of the situation.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.