Road Rage Prevention & Safety
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.