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Road rage: How to spot the signs

If you are like a number of other drivers in Louisiana and across the country, you have gotten irritated while waiting in traffic, especially if you are running late to work or an important appointment. Driving behind a slow motorist or in rush hour can be frustrating and it is easy for some people to lose their patience while behind the wheel. In some cases, road rage may take over, and the driver may start to engage in dangerous driving behaviors that could put others on the road at risk. According to AAA, nearly 80% of U.S. drivers admit to having experienced road rage in the past year. While males are more likely to engage in aggressive driving, women drivers are also to blame.

It is important to be on the lookout for aggressive drivers so that you can avoid becoming involved in a car accident. You may also help by reporting aggressive drivers to law enforcement officers so they can handle the situation. By alerting law officers, you may prevent an accident from occurring.

Keep an eye out for the following signs of an aggressive driver:

  • Speeding or racing other vehicles

  • Running stop signs or traffic signals

  • Turning out in front of other vehicles or cutting off cars

  • Tailgating or following too closely behind other vehicles

  • Erratic lane changing throughout traffic

  • Excessive honking or yelling out obscenities to other drivers

Aggressive drivers may even bump into other vehicles or get out of their car to start an altercation with another driver. Road rage is a continued problem, and knowing how to handle a bad situation could help if you are ever faced with an aggressive driver.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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