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The 4 red flags of road rage

The term “road rage” is used to describe drivers who become so upset on the road that their actions become irrational and even violent. Road rage often leads to car accidents but has also resulted in physical assault.

To avoid getting involved in a case of road rage, look out for these red flags.


Following a driver too closely is a behavior characteristic of road rage. Drivers who engage in this behavior are usually doing it to indicate that they would like to pass.

Even if there are cars blocking the way ahead of you, merge over to allow a tailgater ahead. This will keep the tailgater from taking their frustrations out on you.

Erratic driving

If you see a driver engaging in erratic behaviors on the road, you should take caution to distances yourself from the vehicle. A few examples of erratic driving may include:

  • Speeding
  • Weaving between lanes
  • Merging by jerking over quickly
  • Braking often
  • Braking too quickly
  • Speeding up quickly

While driving in this way isn't always a sign of road rage, it shows the driver's potential to drive without regard to safety precautions. Erratic driving is a leading cause of car accidents.

Horn honking

Car horns should be used to alert other drivers when a potentially dangerous situation may occur. However, if a driver is using their horn or out of frustration, this may be a sign of road rage.

Try to avoid these drivers by leaving plenty of distance or allowing them to pass ahead.

Obscene gestures

If you see a driver making obscene gestures, rolling their window down or looking at you through their window, it’s important not to engage. These are a clear sign of a confrontational driver who may pose a threat to you.

Looking back at the driver or speaking to the driver may escalate the situation, even if you don’t mean to. Try to distance yourself from the driver and avoid making contact.

If you are involved in a road rage accident

Should a road rage driver cause an accident, it’s important to remain in your vehicle and contact the police immediately. Don’t exit your vehicle until the police arrive.

An attorney can help you by speaking to the insurance companies on your behalf, building a case to prove the events that unfolded and fighting for compensation of the damages.

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