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Road rage affects all drivers from all different areas. While it is most common in urban areas, road rage can affect everyone from time to time and unfortunately, it is becoming a highway epidemic.  

Preventing Road RageThe term “road rage” originated in the 1980s from a television station in California who were reporting on a slew of freeway shootings caused by angry drivers. Today, the term is used to describe anger or violence associated with driving. In the United States, over 300 cases of road rage have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

Do you suffer from road rage? Here are the common symptoms:

1. Aggressive driving, accelerating or breaking quickly.
2. Tailgating
3. Cutting others off
4. Using your horn excessively
5. An emotional reaction to other drivers
6. Rude gestures to other drivers
7. Yelling or threatening other drivers
8. Throwing objects from your vehicle

The first step to preventing road rage is to prepare yourself, avoid stressful driving situations and avoid altercations with other motorists. Other things you can do to avoid being a target, or perpetrator of road rage:

DO...

1. Move over to allow tailgaters to pass, or pass vehicles rather than tailgating them.
2. Don’t be late and allow plenty of time for your travel plans.
3. Ignore other inconsiderate drivers.
4. Play soothing music, books on tape, or comedy CD’s while driving long distances.  
5. Always remember to be courteous.
6. Contact police with a description of the vehicle, license number and driver if you are confronted with road rage.

DO NOT.....

1. Flash your lights or honk your horn at other drivers.
2. Force your way into traffic.  
3. Insist on the right of way if challenged by another driver.
4. Never make hand gestures or show aggravation with other drivers.
5. Do not attempt to intimidate other drivers by using aggressive techniques.


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