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Rage Behind The Wheel

Updated on February 26, 2012

Road Rage

Road Rage is something you see everyday as your driving or sitting in traffic. Road Rage is an aggressive behavior of rude gestures,driving in an unsafe manner,verbal insults,making threats, this kind of behavior leads to altercations.assaults,collisions that can lead to serious injuries and even death. More Than 1600 People are killed or injured from a road rage incidents each year. Road Rage is an increasing problem and will continue to rise if we all keep reacting in an aggressive way.

Incidents that are considered to be Road Rage are tailgating,cutting someone off that's in a lane, slamming on your breaks because someone is following behind to closely or speeding up behind someone because there driving to slow,Tapping the back of there car with your vehicle, Rude Gestures like giving the finger or raising your fist,threatening to use a Gun or any deadly weapon, throwing objects at the other vehicle and hitting it, Getting out of your vehicle to come face to face and throw punches.

 

Signs That Show You Have Road Rage

If your sitting in a Traffic Jam and a car sneaks up along side of you and creeps his way in a little space in front of you and you feel your blood start to boil and you want to get out and tell that person what you think or if you do, do it then that's a sign that you have Road Rage. When you start to feel this way take a deep breath and remember that everyone makes mistakes including you try to remember a time you did something while driving and try to make humor of it. If you have family or friends with you and a road rage incident starts to happen listen to your friends advice if there telling you to calm down, a clam attitude is healthier for you and helps you think with a clear head. Also think about it your already sitting in a traffic Jam so why have an confrontation it will only hold you up longer.

Dealing With Someone Else's Road Rage

If you made a mistake and it has caused another person in a vehicle to become angry with you the best thing for you to do is not to make eye contact with that person because they may take it as your looking to fight. Remember everyone makes mistakes. The best thing to do is if a car wants to get ahead of you just give them a friendly gesture and let them in and besides you don't know what kind of person in that vehicle you could end up dealing with and it's not worth the problems it could cause. When driving and Road Rage incident starts you should call 911 and always lock your doors and keep your windows up and remain in your car to help keep you from physical harm in case an altercation starts.

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Thank you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is such great advice. The tip about not making eye contact is so important to helping alleviate road rage. I have seen some serious road rage and try not to engage with people when they get like that. I do like your photo of the sign in the window. Now, that's road rage to the max.

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Rhonda Waits: Thankyou very much and it's sad to see people getting shot over something that was an accident and I agree it is definetly out of control. I'm just amazed on how many people Road Rage what's the sense in it. Do to traffic your not going to get any where

      faster. It's a shame that the actions of one can change the lives of many. I think we all need to slow down and have patience.

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      samsons1: Thank you for your comment.. I agree turn your cheek and look the other way.I'm glad my article was useful..

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great advice. We see road rage everyday. Especially at the holidays. Some people are just rude. You wonder what makes them that way. There is no explanation. There was a guy in my home town in Fl. That pulled out a gun and shot another driver. He told the police, because he made me spill my coffee. This is sad and out of control. Thanks for bringing awareness to this problem.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      up and useful! Well written with good, good advice. Another way to put it, "Turn the other cheek..." be courteous and just get over it!