Road Rage Prevention & Safety

Road rage is a serious problem that endangers the safety of everyone.  While you cannot control the behavior of other drivers, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your passengers.  Here are some actions you can take:

Positive And Protective Actions

  • Drive defensively, always alert for the actions of other drivers.
  • Practice courteous driving.
  • Say “sorry” when you make a mistake.
  • Wave “thank you” when another driver yields to you, this helps avoid any misunderstanding that you were being aggressive.

Avoid Negative Or Provoking Actions

  • NEVER make offensive gestures.
  • Deliberate aggressive use of a motor vehicle can be as dangerous as an assault with a weapon.
  • Horns are for alerting others to avoid a collision, not to express your displeasure at what has already occurred, which may just provoke an incident.
  • If being passed by an aggressive driver, back away and let them proceed away from you.
  • Don’t let driving become a competition between yourself and another driver.
  • Never respond in kind to aggressive actions of other drivers.

If Being Harassed While Driving

  • Call 9-1-1 and report information and description to police.
  • Continue to drive to a well-lighted, populated location.
  • Leave enough room to pull around the car ahead if traffic slows or stops.

If Confronted Or Approached By An Aggressive Driver

  • Lock your doors.
  • Do not open your window.
  • Drive away if possible. 
  • If followed continue to drive to a well-lighted, populated location.
  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as practical, if you have a passenger have them call 911 immediately.

Let That Parking Space Go

  • If you've patiently waited for that primo parking spot only to have it stolen at the last second, let it slide. 
  • Debating your case tends to fall on flat ears, just let it go.
  • Give that driver the benefit of the doubt (maybe they really didn't see you!), and find another space.

If you observe road rage between other drivers - CALL 9-1-1.