Motorists in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. can become angry while navigating the roadways alongside other vehicles. Whether stuck in traffic while trying to get to an important meeting or rushing home from work, people are often in a hurry to get where they need to go.
In some cases, people forget that anger can lead to aggressive driving behaviors, which can put lives in danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 56% of car accident fatalities involved some form of aggressive driving behavior. When people understand the causes and signs of road rage, they can help to minimize the risk of these deadly accidents.
A look at the signs
Some aggressive driving behaviors may be more obvious than others. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the most common signs of road rage include the following:
- Honking the horn excessively, using hand gestures or yelling
- Speeding through traffic and racing other cars
- Blocking cars from changing lanes or cutting off other vehicles by excessive lane changing
- Failing to yield to other vehicles right of way
- Failing to use a turn signal, stop at traffic lights or traffic signs
- Tailgating or following too close
Angry drivers often operate their cars in erratic, careless and reckless ways, and may disregard the safely of others. They may become so enraged that they threaten physical violence to other motorists or intentionally hit other vehicles.
A look at potential solutions
Motorists who spot an aggressive driver should avoid interaction and contact law enforcement instead. Those who feel as though they are losing their temper while behind the wheel, should pull over if possible. Listen to some calming music or take some deep breaths until they calm down.