Road rage is an extremely dangerous scourge on American roadways. Most people have encountered at least one overly-aggressive driver while on the roads, and in some places, it is a daily occurrence. Not only is road rage disturbing, but it can be extremely dangerous. Around 1,500 people have died due to road rage since 2008.
What are signs of road rage?
While not all drivers under the influence of rage will react the same way, there are some common signs. For instance, tailgating is a common indicator of road rage. Angry drivers may also brake erratically, honk excessively and without cause, start yelling at other drivers or use their headlights to flash at slower motorists.
In some instances, road rage may be violent. Angered drivers may try to exit their vehicles to hit others, or even threaten others with weapons.
How can I avoid road rage?
The best way is to not engage with it. If you notice a driver gesticulating angrily at you or yelling, do not reply. You may also wish to slow down, as most enraged drivers are likely to pass. You should also try to use your horn sparingly, and use it lightly when necessary.
It is also a good idea to err on the side of being courteous. Not only will this help you avoid road rage, but it will also make the road more pleasant for everybody else. You are not the police, and it is not your job to teach others how to drive.
The best advice is to focus on yourself and try to arrive at your destination as peaceably as possible.