Road rage is a common phenomenon in our society, and its effects have been linked to accidents resulting in serious injury and death. Road rage is defined as aggressive or violent conduct that results from feelings of anger toward other drivers while operating a car. Drivers who experience road rage react in a variety of ways. Some drivers may hit another vehicle, force a driver off the road, or attempt to exit the car to engage in a face-to-face altercation. Statistics suggest that road rage may be a more significant factor in serious accidents than previously believed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 94 percent of all accidents are the result of some type of driver error. Driver error is highly linked to reports of road rage. In fact, 33 percent of those accidents are connected to behaviors that occur when a driver is experiencing road rage, such as when a driver impulsively maneuvers his car in an illegal action on the road.
These findings are confirmed by other research studies on road rage. According to information obtained by SafeMotorist.com, 66 percent of traffic deaths are the result of aggressive driving behaviors. Of those deaths, 37 percent were caused by the use of a firearm, which indicates that road rage may indeed lead to deadly confrontations between drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published a poll which confirmed that drivers demonstrate aggressive conduct when they feel provoked by another driver. Almost half the drivers admitted to engaging in hostile conduct while on the road.
Road rage is particularly dangerous because it often does not end with one driver making a threat or behaving impulsively. A single act of aggression on the road tends to heighten the conflict and lead to dangerous and chaotic driving by both parties. This type of combative behavior puts all drivers on the road at risk of injury and property damage.
The best approach to avoiding these dangerous situations is to not engage in driving behaviors that may induce road rage. The AAA found that the actions that are most likely to cause road rage are cutting off a driver, driving too slowly, and tailgating. If a driver is exhibiting threatening behavior, the best advice according to experts is to simply not engage with the driver.
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