Deadly Road Rage Incidents Are On the Rise: Here’s How to Protect Yourself
By Space Coast Daily // July 29, 2021
Each year, there’s a rising number of innocent victims who are injured or killed due to the impulsive actions of other motorists on the road. Road rage is becoming one of the main causes of accidents on the road, and it’s now something that every driver needs to be aware of in order to avoid deadly accidents.
In this article, we’ll have a look at what road rage is, why and how it may occur, and what you can do to protect yourself. Let’s get started.
What is Road Rage?
Simply put, road rage is a sudden burst of anger that some drivers get when they feel insulted or triggered by another fellow driver. This sudden burst of rage can result in unsafe driving behaviours such as verbal abuse and even physically trying to pursue or harm another driver while driving the vehicle.
Most often, people who are around the driver in question are prone to be affected by the sudden actions of the driver. This is when accidents are bound to occur. Additionally, pedestrians are also often affected by the dangerous and aggressive behaviours of road rage drivers.
Signs Of Road Rage
While it’s impossible to control the actions of others, it’s possible to have a high-level of awareness on the road which just might save your life someday. Identifying road rage is the first step to taking the necessary steps to protect yourself if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are in close proximity with such reckless individuals.
You may not be able to prevent road rage from ever occurring again, but you definitely can keep yourself safe by avoiding road rage.
Some of the usual signs to look out for include:
■ If you see a vehicle going too fast in a lane.
■ If you hear a driver verbally abusing another driver while driving.
■ If you witness a driver trying to overtake or harm another driver while driving.
■ If you see a driver cutting in front of another driver and then blocking their path.
■ If you see a driver purposely ramming their vehicle into another vehicle.
How You Can Protect Yourself
Here’s a list of ways you can protect yourself when you are either near a driver attacking another driver or if you’re being attacked by another driver yourself:
■ Slow down: Most often, trying to speed up to get away from the scenario can result in an accident itself. Instead, it’s safer to slow down or even pull over if you’re in a place where it’s possible to stop. Trying to speed up can result in you being chased or driving into other vehicles or people.
■ Don’t engage: If you’re in a scenario where someone is either verbally abusing you or threatening you from another vehicle, it’s best to not engage or respond in any way. You may feel an urge to defend yourself if you’re wrongfully accused, but you must remember that the other person is functioning out of rage and will not be willing to listen or understand your point of view. Responding can sometimes trigger an even worse reaction from the other person.
■ Create Space: Try creating a gap between you and the driver as much as possible. This will prevent them from trying to physically harm you or your vehicle.
■ Call the cops: It goes without saying that if you feel unsafe, you should immediately call the cops with no hesitation. Waiting for the other person to calm down may not always be a good idea.
■ Keep an eye on the driver: While you don’t have to engage or respond to the driver who’s in a rage, you must keep an eye on him or her. This is because you’ll be able to quickly act if the other person decides to harm you or crash into you on purpose or even by accident. Try your best to be aware of what they’re doing or what they’re saying they’re going to do.