How can you spot an aggressive or angry driver? Here, we share tips on spotting these dangerous drivers and how to avoid escalating the danger.

How Can You Spot and Avoid Aggressive and Enraged Drivers?

Aggressive driving and road rage incidents are on the rise. According to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Survey, 80 percent of drivers believe that aggressive driving is a serious or extremely serious problem on our roadways. Unfortunately, aggressive driving can escalate in an even more dangerous road rage incident that could increase the chances that you or a family member would be seriously injured or killed. Here, we explain the warning signs of these driving practices and what to do to avoid being the victim of road rage.

How to Spot Drivers Engaging in Aggressive Driving or Road Rage

Unsafe driving practices that are performed deliberately, with ill intention, or with disregard for others’ safety can be considered aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving to watch for include:

  • Speeding, especially in heavy traffic
  • Tailgating drivers
  • Cutting in front of a driver and then purposely slowing down
  • Running red lights
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Changing lanes without first signaling
  • Using headlights to “punish” other drivers
  • Deliberately slowing down in the fast lane to prevent other drivers from passing—especially dangerous on a highway

Road rage can be an escalation of aggressive driving where the driver may engage in criminal actions that could lead to the victims suffering life-threatening injuries or death. Some warning signs that another motorist is driving with rage include:

  • Cursing at someone or making obscene gestures
  • Throwing objects
  • Ramming or sideswiping another vehicle
  • Forcing a driver off the road
  • Following a driver in an aggressive manner, such as tailgating

What Are Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Family in a Road Rage Incident?

Being the target of a driver engaged in road rage is extremely dangerous. Here are ways to avoid escalating the incident for your own protection:

  • Stay away from the driver. If you spot a nearby driver engaged in aggressive driving or road rage, you want to stay clear of him. If his rage is directed at you, you need to take proactive measures, such as letting him get ahead, turning onto another road, or pulling off the road in a busy area or state police post.
  • Do not engage the driver. You should avoid engaging the driver verbally or through gestures. If possible, avoid eye contact because he could easily misconstrue an innocent expression.
  • Call police. Call 911 if you cannot quickly get out of the situation. Do not wait until you are in extreme danger to call the police.
  • Keep calm. Take a deep breath and remain calm. Remember that keeping yourself and your family safe is your top priority.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Remain in your vehicle at all times with your vehicle doors locked and your windows up.

Even if you try to avoid aggressive or enraged drivers, you may find yourself in an auto accident caused by one of these motorists. You could suffer life-altering injuries, such as spinal and back injuries, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and fractures. You need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to negotiate a settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company for the compensation you deserve. To learn how we can help, fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation.