Road rage incidents seem to be more common and deadly with each passing year. The general stress of life and traffic can reduce the emotional stability of some drivers. While nothing justifies road rage, there are things the rest of the public can do to reduce the likelihood of becoming a road rage victim.
According to a Consumer Report by the National Research Center the following actions result to less road rage:
1. Texting while driving
It’s best to avoid texting while operating a vehicle. Studies have shown that the likelihood of a collision increases by 2200% during texting activities. Dialing a cell phone increases the rate of crashes by 180%. Talking and listening on a cell phone – 30%. If a text must be sent or read, find a safe place to pull over. You’ll also be much less likely to become a victim of road rage.
2. Able-bodied drivers that utilize handicapped parking spaces
Most of us don’t like to walk further than necessary, but those not authorized to park in handicapped spaces can face fines or have their vehicle towed. It can also put another driver with a serious health issue in a dangerous situation. The possibility of incurring the wrath of another driver that followed the rules and parked in the back of the lot also exists. Even when driving a car authorized to park in handicapped spaces, consider other parking options if everyone in the car is able-bodied.
There are a couple of problems with tailgating. It’s very unsafe and drastically reduces the time a driver has to react to the leading vehicle. It also makes the lead driver anxious. Avoid unnecessary collisions and road rage incidents by maintaining a safe following distance.
4. Being cut off by another driver
Drivers are naturally protective of the space immediately in front of their moving vehicle. Pulling in front of another car without adequate spacing can be dangerous. Not only can it be a factor in a car crash, it can also enrage certain drivers. If you must change lanes, it’s best to plan ahead and avoid making sudden lane changes at the last moment. Many road rage incidents can be avoided with patient driving habits.
Most driving laws are determined at the state level. Any questions regarding these laws can be directed to someone with an online criminal justice degree. Getting advice and other information from an expert is the best policy. Drive safely and considerately to avoid becoming a victim of road rage.