According to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 80% of respondents admitted to being angry or aggressive while driving. Honking, tailgating and making rude gestures were among the most common acts of aggression that survey participants took part in. While road rage may be relatively common in Kentucky and across the country, there are things that people can do to avoid a confrontation while on the road.
One tactic is to ignore a driver who makes a mistake or is acting aggressive while on the road. Generally speaking, yelling or honking at that person will only escalate the situation. It is also a good idea for an individual to stay in his or her vehicle if someone else is acting in a menacing manner. Ideally, anyone who feels threatened will drive until it is safe to call authorities or otherwise get help.
Drivers can reduce their odds of acting in an aggressive manner by giving themselves extra time to reach their destination. Doing so may allow them to feel less stressed while behind the wheel. It can also be a good idea to practice relaxation techniques and to think of events in a less negative manner. Individuals are also encourage to not take the mistakes of other drivers personally, which can minimize the chances that they get upset.
Aggressive driving could increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents taking place. Victims of accidents caused by those who are driving too fast or following too closely may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. They could also receive a financial award to refurbish a car or replace property lost in a crash. An attorney may be able to help a person pursue a settlement or file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.