Road rage remains a problem in Florida and across the country. In fact, four out of five drivers report feeling angry behind the wheel during the past year. Even though road rage is common, it can be catastrophic to other motorists.
If you can spot aggressive driving, you can take steps to remove yourself from the dangerous situation. Here are three clear-cut signs you are probably dealing with an angry driver.
1. Disregarding traffic laws
With many aggressive drivers, traffic laws play second fiddle to raw emotions. If a driver is running red lights, speeding or otherwise driving recklessly he or she may not be thinking clearly. Adding some space between your car and the angry driver’s may keep you safe.
2. Making rude gestures
On the highway, it is often impossible for irate drivers to express their disgust using words. Instead, they may gesture rudely. If a driver is motioning toward you in an aggressive way, you should assume he or she has lost control of temperament. Calling the police, slowing down and allowing the driver to speed away may deescalate the situation.
3. Interfering with other drivers
Aggressive motorists regularly use their vehicles to interfere with other drivers. If a motorist does any of the following, he or she may be a potential risk:
- Cutting off other motorists
- Refusing to let drivers merge
- Preventing drivers from changing lanes
While it can be frustrating to have someone interfere with your commute, you do not want to fall victim to a road rage attack. If you notice a driver is disregarding the law, making aggressive movements or interfering with traffic, disengaging may prevent a serious collision or physical altercation.