There are times when traveling along Louisiana roadways may seem like a dangerous feat. Whether stuck behind a slow driver or rushing to get to an important meeting, many motorists develop feelings of anger while behind the wheel.
This is not uncommon. According to AAA, more than 80% of adult drivers across the country agree that they too have experienced road rage at some point within the past year. It is when these feelings of anger turn into aggressive driving behaviors that they begin to endanger lives.
What does road rage look like?
Aggressive driving behaviors present themselves in a wide-variety of forms. While some may seem minor, others involve physical acts of violence. In some cases, angry drivers intentionally hit other cars or step out of their vehicles to hurt others.
What are the signs of road rage?
The Insurance Information Institute reports the following signs of road rage:
- Speeding or racing other vehicles
- Tailgating or following another vehicle too closely
- Excessive honking, yelling expletives or using obscene hand gestures
- Cutting off or blocking other vehicles
- Failing to yield to stop signs, traffic signals or pedestrian crosswalks
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
When motorists get heated while driving, it can be difficult for them to control their emotions. This may end badly if not handled properly.
What’s the next step?
Motorists who come into contact with angry drivers may feel defensive and want to engage with them. However, law enforcement officers ask drivers to avoid exchanging words or gestures and avoid making eye contact. Instead, motorists should alert officers to the situation and let them handle it. This may help to minimize the risk of a serious accident.