In today’s world of hectic schedules and heavy traffic, it is not surprising that many people are impatient to get to where they are going. When an inconsiderate or inattentive driver comes into the mix, some people might fly off the handle. Before you lose patience in traffic, however, you should understand the consequences you might face for aggressive driving or road rage. These are issues that have become prevalent for nearly all drivers in North Dakota and elsewhere.
In statistics reported by the American Safety Council, some form of driver aggression is the cause of 66 percent of fatal traffic accidents. You should know that there is a legal difference between aggressive driving and true road rage. When you are driving aggressively, you may have already lost your patience and you might either be trying to get back at another driver or get around slower traffic. This type of driving behavior can result in accidents, and if police pull you over for aggressive driving, you may face charges of a traffic offense.
On the other hand, road rage is when you deliberately try to cause another driver harm. Road rage is a criminal offense. Before you lose control, try the following tips:
- If you someone cuts you off or accidentally swerves too closely, take a deep breath and realize that most people are not attempting to offend others on the road.
- Do not react to another aggressive driver. If someone honks at you or gives you an angry gesture, try to realize that maybe he or she is having a bad day and you are the unfortunate recipient of their frustration.
- Avoid making eye contact with an angry driver as this might escalate the conflict.
- If being in a hurry or impatient with others is a regular part of your routine, consider leaving a few minutes early so you do not feel rushed. Listen to upbeat music that puts you in a good mood.
Other people can be frustrating on the roads. However, when you consider the alternative, that you could cause serious harm in the heat of anger and face severe criminal charges, it can be worth it to refrain from acting out in aggression.