“Road rage” information

Anger and driving are a dangerous combination. Behind the wheel is no place for aggression. Unfortunately more and, more people are letting their emotions get the best of them. A report from the National Highway Safety Administration lists more than 10,000 reported incidents of road rage in the first six-years of the decade.

People zigzagging in and out of traffic. Cutting off other cars in traffic. Tailgating for long distances. All of these can lead to a traffic crash, disputes, and even death. Impatience is one of the prime causes of road rage. Being patient behind the wheel will do a great deal to help you avoid road rage.

Here are 10 ways to avoid this dangerous condition:.

1. Be courteous behind the wheel.

2. Don’t honk your horn excessively.

3. Don’t block the passing lane.

4. Don’t switch lanes without signaling first.

5. Don’t take up more than one parking space.

6. Don’t let your car door hit the car parked next to you.

7. Don’t tail-gate.

8. Don’t inflict your loud music on nearby cars.

9. Avoid unnecessary use of your high beam headlights.

10. Allow plenty of time for every trip.

Armed with this information you may be able to avoid road rage. If you are threatened on the roadways always report incidents to you local law enforcement agency.

For further information on this or others safety topics please contact the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division at 392-1409.