Information and Advice from HCCP2:
Keep safe and call the calvary. ~ Constable Christopher E. Diaz
While we see it everywhere, there really is no national definition for the term Road Rage.
I simply define it as:
… aggressive, angry and sometimes violent behavior by the driver of a motor vehicle caused by the stress and frustration of operating that same motor vehicle.
What causes Road Rage is not as easy to identify.
Some experts say aggressive driving behaviors are caused by a variety of things. Some are provoked by the actions of other drivers, while some drivers are angered by the presence of traffic congestion. Most of the reasons, however, are fueled by the driver’s own mood and reactions when they get behind the wheel.
Some aggressive behaviors might include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making threats. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults, and collisions that result in injury and even death.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of a driver exhibiting Road Rage:
_ Slow down or pull over and let the aggressive driver pass you.
_ Avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers.
_ Do not use obscene gestures.
_ Avoid using your horn (unless needed to warn of an impending collision) as it might further agitate the aggressive driver. If you make a mistake behind the wheel, raise your hand in acknowledgement. This, simple gesture, will often pacify any potential angry driver.
_ If you see the aggression continue, stay back in traffic and away from the enraged driver.
If you think you are being followed by an aggressive driver:
_ Don’t go home.
_ Drive to the closest police station.
Lastly, if an angry driver approaches your vehicle:
_ Don’t get out.
_ Ensure your windows are up and the doors are locked and try and drive to a safe place such as a police station or a crowded area.
_ If it’s impossible to avoid face to face contact then remain polite and courteous regardless of the other driver’s behavior. Call the police on your cellular telephone and give the dispatcher as much information as you can regarding the incident.
While citizens are often the eyes and ears of a community, remember that peace officers are trained specifically to deal with these very types of incidents. Situations can escalate unexpectedly, so keep yourself safe and call in the cavalry.