Navigating the Maryland roadways can be daunting at times. Whether you are running late to an important meeting or are stuck behind a slow driver, you may feel angry and aggressive while behind the wheel. If you have, you are certainly not alone.
In fact, AAA reported that at least 80% of American drivers admit that they have, at some point within the last year, felt road rage. It is the hazardous driving behaviors that often accompany road rage that endanger the lives of others.
Signs of road rage
It is important that you are able to identify the signs of road rage, as it may help minimize the risk of an accident. Aggressive driving behaviors may include the following:
- Racing other vehicles or speeding
- Blocking other drivers from changing lanes or cutting off other drivers
- Failing to yield to traffic signs, traffic lights, pedestrian crosswalks or other drivers’ right of way
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Driving on the shoulder of the road
- Making improper turns
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 56% of deadly car accidents during a five-year period involved aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding.
Handling the situation
If you should come across an aggressive driver, it is critical that you handle the situation appropriately. Avoid making eye contact with angry drivers and interacting with them. You do not want to aggravate or intensify the problem. Contact law enforcement and let them know about the situation and the location. Officers are trained to handle the problem and may help to avoid any further problems.