Hundreds of road rage incidents are reported each year in the United States. According to the AAA Foundation, road rage is defined as an unsafe driving maneuver that is performed deliberately and with an intentional disregard of safety. This can include cutting someone off, hitting another car with your own, or running someone off the road. Basically if it doesn’t follow basic road safety principles and it is done vindictively, it could be considered road rage.Road rage is an impairment; an impairment of emotions rather than one caused by a chemical substance. A person is controlled by their emotions and therefore cannot react or think rationally.
What Causes Road Rage?
According to WebMD , road rage is typically instigated by men, but anyone can suffer from road rage. When a person takes serious offense to something another driver is doing, their mental and emotional responses to the situation could trigger them to do things that are unsafe..
Some Ways to Prevent Road Rage
Because anyone can exhibit the signs of road rage, it is important that you do what you can to remain calm behind the wheel and avoid overly aggressive emotions.
- Get enough sleep each night. When you are tired, you are more prone to feelings of annoyance, anger and resentment. If you can get at least eight hours of sleep each night, you may be able to reduce your risk of becoming agitated behind the wheel.
- Plan your trip accordingly. Instead of leaving last minute, try to give yourself extra time so that the traffic buildup or the person driving slowly in front of you does not aggravate you because you are already late. Often road rage occurs when people become frustrated or annoyed that they are not getting to where they need to be on time.
- Do not listen to aggressive music while driving. Aggressive music naturally pumps your blood and heart and can make you more aggressive. If you find yourself becoming tense behind the wheel, switch to classical music or even an audiobook so that you can relax.
- Just breathe. If someone cuts you off, realize that it wasn’t on purpose. Even if it was, let it go and just breathe. If you are clenching the steering wheel out of frustration, try to remain calm, take deep breaths and do what you can to take your mind off what is annoying you.
- Remember that hostility can become toxic. If you start exhibiting road rage behaviors, it might infuriate other drivers and prompt them to do the same. Hostility has a toxic effect that could also endanger your life. So before you cut off that slow driver who is annoying you, think of how they might respond and of the risk you are putting yourself in by cutting them off.
Injured in a Road Rage Accident? Contact Vasilaros | Wagner Today
Unfortunately road rage is a common occurrence in Daytona. If you were involved in an accident and seriously injured because of an enraged driver, contact Vasilaros | Wagner today. We can explore your options for compensation and hold that driver accountable for their actions. Contact us online or call 386-777-7777 to schedule a consultation.