It is not uncommon for Washington motorists to get angry while behind the wheel, especially when stuck in traffic. In fact, AAA reports that more than 80% of Americans admit that they have experienced road rage at some point within the past year.
Approximately 56% of deadly car accidents over a five-year period involved aggressive driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, aggressive driving behaviors endanger everyone on the road.
What are the signs of road rage?
Motorists should be aware of certain hazardous driving behaviors, as listed by the Insurance Information Institute. These include the following:
- Failing to yield to traffic signals, stop signs and other drivers’ right of way
- Changing lanes erratically
- Blocking other vehicles from changing lanes or cutting off other vehicles
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Racing or speeding
- Honking the horn excessively or yelling expletives
Aggressive driving can escalate into road rage. Angry drivers may actually exit their vehicles and threaten physical harm to other drivers. They have also been known to cause serious accidents as a result of their anger.
When to call law enforcement?
Although people may feel as though they need to yell back or interact with angry and aggressive drivers, it is important that they refrain from doing so. Drivers should avoid making eye contact and stay out of the situation altogether. This may only aggravate the situation further. Instead, drivers who spot an aggressive driver should contact law enforcement and allow them to handle the issue. This may save lives and could prevent a deadly accident from occurring.