Motorists in Florida are familiar with driving through high-traffic situations. It is not uncommon for drivers to become irritated or angry when attempting to navigate along the roadways, especially if trapped behind a slow motorist or if late to an important appointment.

In some cases, this anger can become road rage. AAA reports that at least 80% of adult drivers in the United States admit that they have, at some point within the last year, felt enraged while behind the wheel. The aggressive driving behaviors that accompany road rage can endanger others on the road.

What are the signs of road rage?

Motorists who are familiar with the signs of road rage may be able to help prevent a serious car accident from occurring. The Insurance Information Institute lists the following signs of road rage that drivers should be on the lookout for:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely behind another vehicle
  • Failing to yield to traffic signs, signals and pedestrian crosswalks
  • Failing to signal
  • Yelling, honking excessively or using obscene hand gestures
  • Cutting off other drivers or blocking them from switching lanes

Some motorists become so enraged that they hit another vehicle or get out of their car and approach other drivers with the intent to start a physical altercation.

What motorists should do

People who notice or are victimized by an aggressive driver should try to avoid engaging with them. Rather than yell back, race or compete with the dangerous driving behaviors, motorists should contact law enforcement and let them handle the matter. Avoiding eye contact and acting in a safe manner may help to save a life.