Skip to content

Road rage: How to avoid aggressive drivers.

Road rage is a major issue for motorists in Florida and across the United States. According to AAA, at least 80% of adult Americans admit that they have felt road rage at some point within the last year. Whether stuck in traffic while on your way to an appointment or behind a slow vehicle in the fast lane, it may be easy to become enraged while behind the wheel.

The aggressive driving behaviors that accompany road rage can put others’ lives in danger. In fact, aggressive driving was involved in a least 56% of deadly car accidents over a five-year period, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute.

Identifying the signs of road rage

People who have road rage are often easy to spot, and often display the following behaviors:

  • Blocking others from changing lanes or cutting off other motorists
  • Speeding
  • Honking the horn erratically, yelling or using obscene hand gestures
  • Tailgating or following other vehicles too closely
  • Failing to adhere to traffic signals, stop signs and other drivers’ right of way

Some extreme cases of road rage escalate to the point where angry drivers may exit their vehicles and confront other drivers, possibly resulting in physical altercations. Drivers may also hit into other motorists, intentionally causing an accident.

Knowing what to do

If you have an encounter with an aggressive driver, your first reaction may be to become involved. You may start to race another vehicle or engage in a blocking or cutting off road game. Yet, law enforcement officers urge drivers to avoid becoming involved with angry drivers, as this can escalate the problem.

Instead, you should avoid eye contact and contact the local law enforcement department. A trained officer can take care of the issue and minimize your risk of becoming involved in a serious accident.


Other Articles

December 14, 2023

Tragic Car Accident Claims a Life in Venice FL

Read Article

October 26, 2022

How Does a Bodily Injury Claim Work?

Read Article

June 27, 2022

Why You Need UM Motorist Coverage

Read Article

November 8, 2021

Big rig crashes and safety features that might reduce accidents

Read Article

Tell Us About
Your Case

Contact Us


Contact Gerber Law today

Please call 941-484-2700 for a free consultation if another person’s negligence has injured you or has injured or killed a family member. Unlike large companies, the firm treats clients in a personal and caring way.