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Over the 8 months prior to his arrest, investigators were collecting evidence to build a solid case against him, which has resulted in three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving, and a hit and run.
What’s the Difference Between Road Rage and Aggressive Driving?
While both road rage and aggressive driving obviously both exhibit aggressive actions, they are noted as different categories. AAA Exchange defines the two accordingly:
- Speeding in heavy traffic
- Cutting in front of another driver and then slowing down
- Running red lights
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Blocking cars attempting to pass or change lanes
- Using headlights or brakes to ‘punish’ other drivers.
- Cursing and rude or obscene gestures
- Throwing objects
- Forcing a driver off the road
Why is Road Rage a Thing?
The term ‘aggressive driving’ started appearing in the ‘90s as a way to categorize dangerous behaviors seen on the road. While research doesn’t yet have a direct correlation between what makes road rage more likely to happen, sociologists have suggested that examining the larger scope of societal factors could come into play. This, in combination with a uniform approach to engineering roadways (i.e., not considering other variables in driving), have been thought to contribute to this problem.
Disengage From Road Rage
Road rage is not something going away any time soon, but there are ways you can take action to prevent further escalation of an incident.
As we’ve addressed in a previous blog, your reaction can help avoid a bad road rage incident. It can be tempting to engage with another driver when you feel as if you’ve been wronged on the roadway, but clearly, that isn’t the best or safest solution.
It helps to remember that the actions of someone else on the road are not a personal vendetta against you as a person. In fact, being in our own vehicles on the road is much like being a user on the internet; it creates a sort of false sense of anonymity, so people are more likely to engage in behaviors they normally wouldn’t in a face-to-face context.
If that doesn’t help, keep in mind there are real, legal and detrimental consequences to road rage behavior:
- Going to court
- Legal fees or fines
- Physical damage to your vehicle or self, including death.
- Physical damage, injury, or death of another (liability)
- Prison/jail time
It is simply not worth the risk to engage in road rage behavior.
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Aggressive Driving and Road Rage”. Safe Motorist. Retrieved 7 March 2018. http://www.safemotorist.com/articles/road_rage.aspx
“US Cities With the Worst Road Rage.” World Atlas. Retrieved 7 March 2018. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/us-cities-with-the-worst-road-rage.html
“San Fernando Valley Motorist Arrested in Road-Rage Crash Caught on Video.” Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 7 March 2018. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/03/01/san-fernando-valley-motorcyclist-arrested-in-road-rage-crash-caught-on-video/
“Suspect Arrested in Road Rage Crash Caught on Camera”. CBS Los Angeles. Retrieved 7 March 2018. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/28/road-rage-crash-suspect-arrested/
“Aggressive Driving.” AAA Exchange. Retrieved 7 March 2018. https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/aggressive-driving/#.WqBEwZPwbfY
NHTSA Report on Aggressive Driving. NHTSA. Retrieved 7 March 2018. https://one.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/aggdrivingenf/pages/introduction.html