It is not unusual for drivers to get angry while navigating the roadways. In fact, at least 80% of drivers in the United States confess that they have lost their temper while behind the wheel at least once within the past year. While a little anger may be natural for motorists, it can become dangerous if that anger develops into road rage. When people become enraged while driving, they tend to engage in risky and hazardous driving behaviors that can put their lives and the lives of others at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Report System claimed that aggressive driving behaviors were involved in 56% of deadly car accidents within a five-year period. 

It is imperative that drivers understand what these aggressive driving behaviors are so they can avoid them or alert authorities if they happen to come across a driver with road rage. Hazardous behaviors include the following:

  • Improper lane changing

  • Cutting off or blocking other drivers 

  • Following too closely or tailgating

  • Speeding or racing other vehicles

  • Failing to signal or yield to other drivers’ right of way

  • Failing to obey traffic signs or stop lights

Angry drivers may honk their horn excessively, yell expletives or use obscene hand gestures to grab the attention of other motorists. In some cases, an angry driver may exit his or her vehicle and approach another vehicle with intent to start a physical altercation. Drivers who come across an enraged driver should contact law enforcement and avoid becoming involved in the situation.