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How to spot the signs of road rage

If you are like many other Illinois drivers, you are used to sharing the road with a multitude of motorists, all rushing to get to their destination. At some point in time, you may have gotten irritated with other drivers on the road, especially if you were late to work or an appointment. Road rage is common on Illinois roadways and on roads across the United States. In fact, AAA reported that nearly 80% of drivers have admitted to driving aggressively within the last year. The problem lies in the fact that aggressive driving can be deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 56% of fatal motor vehicle accidents were the result of excessive speeding, which is one type of aggressive driving behavior.

It is important to know how to spot the signs of an aggressive driver so that you can minimize your risk of becoming involved in an accident. These hazardous driving behaviors include the following:

  • Erratic lane changing and cutting off other vehicles

  • Excessive horn honking, yelling expletives or giving obscene hand gestures

  • Following too closely or tailgating

  • Pulling out in front of cars and failing to yield to others’ right of way

  • Failing to signal or adhere to traffic lights or signs

  • Racing or speeding

Aggressive drivers may make improper turns or pass other vehicles where they are prohibited to do so. If you spot an aggressive driver, do not engage with them. Simply contact law enforcement and alert them to the situation so they can take care of it.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

 

 

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