Road Rage in Texas: It’s Still Quite Common - Even on Valentine's Day
Far too many adults who get easily frustrated slip behind the wheels of cars and trucks every day. In fact, cases of Texas “road rage” remain much too common. The numbers are probably even higher than those recorded if you add in all of the hit-and-run accidents that occur without any witnesses. In order to stay as safe as possible around these dangerous drivers, be sure to review the added information we’ve provided below regarding road rage.
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Important Facts About Road Rage That Can Help You Protect Yourself
- Your best defense is to usually slow down and avoid any personal communication with a person who appears to have “road rage.” People like this have a childish need to be in control and will often do whatever they can to punish others by driving recklessly;
- What constitutes road rage? According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, road rage often involves: “aggressive driving behaviors [that may include] running stop signs or red lights, speeding, tailgating, passing on the right, and inappropriate hand and facial gestures.” Other actions may also include: “making an improper turn, failing to yield the right-of-way and improper lane changes;”
- Remember the most common feature of road rage. According to the results of a 2009 American Automobile Association study, “excessive speed” is the most common feature of road rage;
- Far too many road rage drivers are armed. As the article link just provided indicates, some angry drivers will use nearly anything (including guns) to “take revenge” on other drivers who never intended to irritate or harm anyone else. One darkly amusing incident of road rage involved then 57-year-old veteran actor Jack Nicholson. He used a golf club iron to smash in the windshield of another driver. Nicholson later co-starred in a film called “Anger Management;”
- Whatever you do, never drive straight home after this type of incident. If possible, drive to the nearest police station. Try to pull over safely and then dial 9-1-1. Be ready to provide a description of the “road rage” driver’s vehicle – and if at all possible – the person’s license plate number (and the name of the state which issued it);
- Best defense moves for the calmer driver. Lock your car doors, avoid eye contact with extremely upset drivers, and try not to converse with them.
Be Sure to Avoid Driving Behaviors That Can Greatly Irritate Others
A number of drivers often forget that we may have driving habits that can deeply upset other people. Here are some of the things we all may be doing that can actually play a role in aggravating others, even though there’s never a good excuse for anyone’s road rage.
- Parking in a disabled spot when you’re not disabled. Sadly, far too many people commit this illegal act every day. On occasion, disabled caregivers (or the disabled themselves) may decide to teach those guilty of this thoughtless, illegal activity a lesson by using road rage tactics;
- Cutting other drivers off in traffic or “stealing” a parking space. Do what you can to avoid both bad behaviors -- even though they’re not illegal. After all, most of us know when someone else is clearly waiting on a parking spot – so don’t try to sneak into one when another driver was there first;
- Purposefully tailgating someone else – regardless of your reason. No one likes to be tailgated and this behavior often causes accidents. It can also set-off road “rage” in some people and even cause potentially dangerous or fatal accidents;
- Talking on your cell phone while driving or playing your car stereo too loud. It’s always wrong to act like you own the road. Always keep both hands on the wheel and only use your cell phone in case of an emergency – and preferably only after pulling off the road to a safe location;
Just remember that everyone is more likely to reach their destinations safely if we will all “drive friendly.”