Motorists in Tennessee and throughout the nation may experience anger while behind the wheel. Whether running late to a meeting or rushing home from work, it is often frustrating to become stuck in traffic.
According to AAA, at least 80% of American motorists admit that they have felt enraged while driving at least once within the past year. When rage leads to hazardous driving behaviors, everyone on the road is at risk.
What is hazardous driving behavior?
Aggressive drivers often display dangerous driving behaviors. According to the Insurance Information Institute, these hazardous behaviors include, but are not limited to the following:
- Racing other vehicles or speeding
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Cutting off other vehicles or blocking them from switching lanes
- Failing to use a turn signal or obey traffic lights
- Failing to yield to other drivers’ right of way
- Yelling obscenities or displaying inappropriate hand gestures
In serious cases, an enraged driver may hit another car, causing an accident. Drivers equipped with weapons may get out of their vehicles and approach motorists with the intent to cause harm.
What action should motorists take?
If you come across an aggressive motorist, it is important to avoid making eye contact or engaging in similar driving behaviors. Instead, alert law enforcement officers and let them take care of the issue.
If you begin to feel angry while behind the wheel, try listening to calm music or deep breathing exercises. Keep in mind that everyone on the road is in the same position and arriving late is better than getting into a serious car accident.