The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as an act of assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapons by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle or precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway. In scorching summer temperatures, it's easy to become agitated and aggressive when behind the wheel. Many factors play a part in creating road rage, including:
- Running late
- Traffic delays
- Habitual or learned behavior
- Disregard (for others and the law)
Forms of Road Rage
- Excessive honking
- Cutting off other vehicles purposefully
- Offensive gestures
- Getting out of the car to confront another driver
- Bumping or rear-ending other cars on purpose
What Should I Do If I Encounter a Driver with Road Rage?
If you find yourself sharing the road with an aggressive driver, there are a few things you can do to ensure safety:
- Create as much distance as possible
- Watch your back
- Don't reciprocate the energy
- Don't stop your car
- Call the police if you feel highly threatened
Can I Prevent Road Rage?
When driving in summertime weather conditions, you can take a few preventative steps to help avoid road rage. Some of which may include:
- Keep a low body temperature – This is relatively easy to do if you turn on the air conditioning, open windows, or put something cool on your neck. Keeping a cool body temperature can help prevent sweating, increased blood pressure, elevated heart rates, and the overall feeling of misery from the heat)
- Stay hydrated – Irritation can be easily triggered by dehydration. Always prepare to bring a cold bottle of water with you in the car whenever possible.
- Leave early – Giving yourself enough time before arriving to your destination is one of the easiest ways to prevent road rage. When drivers are in a rush
- Warm weather kits – These are beneficial to keep in your car during the summer. These kits may include activities to help with crankiness (such as a stress ball) or snacks to help raise blood sugar when it may be low.
Contact an Attorney
If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision with a negligent driver due to road rage, contact an attorney immediately. These cases can be challenging to fight, and you need someone on your side who has your best interest at heart. Here at Berelc Law Firm, we have the skill and experience to fight cases like yours.
Contact us today at (706) 914-1915 to contact a team member.