Disturbing Study Establishes Road Rage is Dangerous


January 10, 2017

Disturbing Study Establishes Road Rage is Dangerous

During the busy post-holiday season, to-do lists are long and tempers are short. This creates the perfect conditions for road rage to develop. Whether you find the antics of aggressive drivers amusing or intimidating, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Auto Vantage club (compiled by SafeMotorist.com) clearly demonstrate that road rage is dangerous and can be deadly:

  • Approximately 67 percent of all traffic fatalities are the result of aggressive driving behaviors;
  • Over one-third of all road rage incidents involve a firearm;
  • Young men under the age of 19 are the group most likely to exhibit signs of road rage;
  • About 50 percent of drivers who interact with an angry or aggressive driver do so by engaging in aggressive or angry behavior themselves; and
  • Approximately two out of every 100 drivers surveyed have admitted to attempting to run another driver off the road during a fit of road rage.

Aggressive driving and other behaviors associated with road rage endanger not only the enraged driver, but also everyone else using that particular stretch of highway. The enraged driver can even cause or contribute to a serious traffic crash that causes serious injury to or claims the life of an unintended victim.

What To Do Around an Aggressive Driver

When you discover an angry or aggressive motorist on the roadway, the best way for you and other occupants in your car to remain safe is to put as much distance between you and the aggressive driver as possible. Other tips for remaining safe when faced with an aggressive driver include, among others:

  • Do not make eye contact or otherwise engage with the aggressive driver;
  • Do not retaliate against the aggressive driver;
  • Attempt to take an alternate route to your destination using roads that the aggressive driver is not using;
  • Do NOT stop to confront or address the aggressive driver. If you must stop (to call for help, for instance), do so in a safe and well-populated area;
  • If it is safe to do so, contact local law enforcement to report the aggressive driver. Provide a description of the car and/or driver, the location of the driver, and/or your observations of his or her driving behavior.  The more details you are able to provide, the more helpful you will be to law enforcement.
  • Be certain to contact local emergency services right away if you are involved in a collision with an aggressive driver. Do not attempt to argue who is at fault with the driver.  Instead, avoid any escalation of the situation.

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Source: http://www.safemotorist.com/articles/road_rage.aspx

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