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How can I avoid being involved in a road rage incident?

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2016 | Car Accidents |

If you feel threated by aggressive drivers while traveling on Monmouth County roads, you are not alone. According to a study done by the AAA Foundation for Safety, almost 9 out of 10 drivers feel personally threatened by people who drive aggressively. However, a bigger concern may be what happens when that aggression escalates into road rage. Many of us feel frustrated or angry at other drivers and let our emotions rule our actions. But resorting to certain behaviors may only make the situation worse. Here are some ways that you can avoid being involved in an incident fueled by road rage.

You may not be able to control how other drivers behave on the road, but you can control how you respond to such behavior. While someone driving aggressively and angrily can certainly get you riled up, it may help to think about how dangerous the other person’s behavior could potentially be. If someone is tailgating you or cuts you off in traffic, a crash could easily occur, especially if you decide to retaliate. Therefore, it is best to simply give the other driver some room rather than escalate the situation.

In addition, doing your best to obey traffic laws at all times can keep you from being the target of an aggressive driver. Using your turn signals, leaving plenty of room to merge and not following other cars too closely are good ways to ensure that you make it to your destination safely.

If an aggressive driver is following you or acting in a way that is unsafe, you may want to pull into a public area and call for help. If you head for your home, they could follow you and then they know where you live. Getting out of the car to confront them is never a good idea. This is provided as general information on this topic and should not be considered legal advice.