Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle. These behaviors include rude and offensive gestures, verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods targeted toward another driver or a pedestrian in an effort to intimidate or release frustration.
If you find that you have agitated another driver, whether the fault is truly yours or not, do not react or retaliate to the other driver on the road. This will only cause the situation to escalate.
Remind yourself that the other driver is just bad at handling stress, avoid eye contact and continue to practice safe driving habits.
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Unfortunately, it does not look like this problem is going away any time soon. All you can do is be a considerate, aware driver that follows the rules of the road. While it may be difficult in the heat of the moment, do not give in to feelings of anger or rage on the road.
Think twice before you honk the horn or flip that finger, because you never know what may set off the person in the cars around you. Getting home safely is more important than teaching someone a dangerous lesson.
Are you the road rager? Then it’s time to take stock of your actions and look for some help in overcoming anger issues. Studies have shown that cognitive behavior retraining — such as reframing negative events — combined with relaxation tools hold promise for reducing road rage among high-anger drivers.