Road Rage Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Jul 03, 2018

WHAT IS ROAD RAGE
Road rage is when a person driving a vehicle assaults another driver with their vehicle or weapons. Road rage is not the same thing as an accident. It is something someone does on purpose because of anger. Some examples would be hitting your vehicle, running someone off the road, threatening to harm the other driver, or using weapons.

PREVENTING ROAD ROAD
-Stay a good distance behind the person in front of you
-Always use your turn signals
-Allow other driving to merge in your lane
-Be sure to turn off your high beams if anyone is coming towards you
-Do not lay on your horn
-Do not take up more than one spot when parking in a lot
-If in traffic, stay calm, as there is nothing you can do about it
-Don't speed
-Obey all of the traffic laws



HOW TO DEAL WITH AN ANGRY DRIVER
-Avoid eye contact
-Do not be angry back to the driver
-Remain calm
-If you feel unsafe, use the horn in your car to attract attention
-Call 911 if you do not feel safe
-Do not make the road rager even more angry
-Report them to authorities
-If you are being followed, do not go home



CONSEQUENCES OF ROAD RAGE
Road rage is nothing to joke about. It can lead to serious injuries, even death. Having road rage can get you a criminal offense. You could have to goto court, pay legal fees, and could possibly face jail time. Besides any criminal charges, you could have damage to your vehicle and harm you or the person you are attacking.

DO NOT FORGET
1.Do not offend other drivers to avoid rage
2.Be tolerant and forgiving to aggressive drivers
3.Do not respond to aggressive drivers

If you haven't read last week's post on Gasoline Safety, read it here.

Resources: Photos Cpl. Brianna Turner, https://www.pendleton.marines.mil/Photos/igphoto/2000708114/ "beelgin", https://www.flickr.com/photos/whereisat/

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