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How to Prevent Road Rage

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Road rage is a much more common phenomena than many people understand. While the most serious road rage cases involving guns and homicide are rare, even minor road rage behavior can cause fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that road rage occurs when aggressive driving is combined with a criminal act of violence.

Aggressive behavior can include:

  • Tailgating
  • Regularly speeding
  • Cursing at other drivers
  • Using your horn frequently
  • Weaving in and out of traffic

The NHTSA estimates that nearly 1/3 of car accidents are caused by aggressive driving. When aggressive drivers break the traffic laws and criminal laws and injure others, they cause more than 1,200 accidents and more than 300 serious injuries and fatalities each year.

If you are prone to emotional outbursts and extreme anger while driving, here are preventative steps that may be useful:

  • Ensure you get enough sleep
  • Ensure that you have plenty of time to get ready in the morning
  • Don’t drive when upset
  • Don’t listen to loud music or aggressive music while driving
  • Don’t clench the steering wheel or drive in a tense manner or format

No matter how well we drive our vehicles, we simply cannot account for the actions of other individuals on the road. But if we remain vigilant on the roads and monitor our own behavior and emotions we can make the roads safer for everyone.

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