Road Rage - Prevention and Protection

Road rage can lead to the murder of innocent people.
Road rage can lead to the murder of innocent people. | Source

Have Road Rage?

Do you think you have road rage?

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What is Road Rage?

Simply put, road rage is driving in an aggressive, hostile, or angry manner. The nicest and kindest of people can turn vicious behind the wheel. Any little thing can set someone off. The worst part is that people act on their road rage, now more than ever, with sometimes deadly consequences.

I suffer from road rage. I feel like I have a very extreme case. I don't know how many times I get behind the wheel and try to talk myself down before I even start driving. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. However, I have found certain ways to deal with my road rage.

I have also been a victim to road rage. In fact, I was the victim of someone else's road rage just prior to writing this article. I wasn't prepared when I became the victim of road rage, but I am now.

This article will cover how to control your road rage, how to prevent others on the road from developing road rage, and what to do if you are the victim of road rage.

NYC Motorcycle Attack That Went Viral

A car is meant to be used to get from one destination to another.  It's not meant to be used to harass other drivers.
A car is meant to be used to get from one destination to another. It's not meant to be used to harass other drivers. | Source

Do you have road rage?

How to Prevent Your Own Road Rage

I have been dealing with my road rage since I was first behind the wheel. I have tried to temper it, but sometimes it grows out of control. It's not bad, but it could be better. Here are some tips I do when I realize my blood is boiling while out on the road:

  • Leave on time. Sometimes my road rage gets going because I am in a hurry. If I need to go somewhere, I try to leave on time so I don't feel rushed. If you feel less rushed, then you will have less of a reason to get upset by other drivers.
  • Listen to music. If you listen to music, you have something that distracts you. Try not to pick music that may put you in an aggressive or fast driving mood. Pick something that could calm you down.
  • Think about what you could lose due to your road rage. Road rage can make you do stupid things. From giving a rude gesture, to actually assaulting someone. You could end up in jail, lose your job, lose your family, or even lose your life. Think before you act.
  • Don't use your car to act out you road rage. Honking your horn, flashing your lights, etc. are all signs of road rage. Someone should rarely have a reason to flash their lights or honk their horn. If you do it often, then you have a problem.
  • Pull over. No, don't pull where the other drive went to. Instead, pull off someplace else, get out of your car, and take a breather. Once you shake off the bad experience, you can move on and get back on the road.
  • Always act like someone else is in the car with you. When someone is in my car with me, I am a completely different driver. So always act as if someone is with you, that will keep your feelings under control.
  • Make your car as comfortable as possible. Your surroundings affect your mood. So if it's hot, crank up your AC. If it's cool, then turn your heater on. Have a good drink handy as well.
  • Someone else could have worse road rage than you. If two people that have road rage confront one another, then the results could be explosive. Someone could have worse road rage than you, and physically take it out on you, putting you in harms way.
  • Realize other people are stupid. I have seen people talk on their cell phone, eat, and even play the trumpet while they are driving. People are stupid, and they do stupid things on the road. Just realize that and move on. This could also be said that drivers are only human. You will do stupid things on the road too, so keep that in mind.
  • In the end, it doesn't matter. Whether you get home a few minutes early, or miss that green light, in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter. So don't dwell on something that you'll forget about by the next day. There are bigger and better things in life to think about.

Unbelievable Road Rage Attack

Traffic can cause aggravate those with road rage since they can't do anything about it.
Traffic can cause aggravate those with road rage since they can't do anything about it. | Source

Causes of Road Rage

Heavy Traffic
Honking Horn
Bumping Into Vehicle
Cutting Someone Off
Flashing Lights
Auto Accidents
Race, Sexuality, etc.
Rude Gestures
Distracted Driving (Cell Phone, etc.)
Throwing Items From Vehicle
Weaving In and Out of Traffic
Yelling From Vehicle
Driving Slowly
These are just some of the causes of road rage. Be on the look out for them from other drivers, as well as yourself.

How to Protect Yourself From Road Rage

Road rage is a scary thing now a days. People are taking a lot more action when their road rage boils. What you do can make or break the situation. So keep these tips in mind when driving on the road.

  • Drop your own road rage. You will make the situation so much worse if you act out on your own road rage. You could do something small, then the other driver will do something else, then you'll do something, etc. That is the worst thing to do.
  • Practice defensive driving. There is a good chance that someone on the road is having a bad day, is in a hurry, or driving intoxicated. If you drive defensively, you can avoid those people road raging.
  • Don't look at other drivers. If you make eye contact with someone, that can provoke a situation. It could make your road rage build if you see them make a gesture or hear them yell at you. Just ignore drivers.
  • Don't tailgate, cut other people off, etc. Nothing antagonizes a driver more than someone who drivers aggressively against them. So don't do anything to set them off.
  • Let the aggressive drivers have the right of way. Even if you know you are in the right, just let the person have their way. It will avoid a deadly confrontation in the long run.
  • Act like you are oblivious to the situation. Someone with road rage wants to get a rise out of you. If they see that you didn't react to their actions at all, they will move on to their overly aggressive driving.
  • Focus on your destination. If you feel a driver is going to start harassing you, then focus on your destination and nothing else.
  • Don't let yourself be distracted. Someone with road rage will react if they see you distracted by talking on a cell phone, or doing something else other than driving. Just focus on your driving to give them less of a reason to be upset at you.
  • Don't react to their actions. If someone honks at you, don't honk back. If you get cut off, don't try to cut them off. Reacting is the worse way to deal with someone with road rage.
  • Be prepared for anything. You never know how a driver is going to react. While this can go with defensive driving, you have to be prepared for a driver to get out of their car to confront you, try to ram your car with their own, etc.

A Very Scary Case of Road Rage

If allowed by law, carrying a firearm in your vehicle may protect against other drivers extreme road rage.
If allowed by law, carrying a firearm in your vehicle may protect against other drivers extreme road rage. | Source

Victim of Road Rage?

Have you ever been a victim of road rage?

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Becoming a Victim of Road Rage

Eventually you could become the victim of road rage. That is when the situation gets scary. Here are some tips that could save your life:

  • Keep calm. In situations where I was the victim of road rage, I didn't keep calm. I reacted based on my fear. While I got out of the situations, I could have done better had I just kept calm.
  • Put your cell phone to your ear. Even if you aren't talking to anyone, the aggressive driver will think you are calling the police. Better yet, call the police to advise them what is going on. But keep your eyes on the road.
  • Retain as much information as possible. The make and model of the car. The color of the car. The license plate number. Obtain as much information as possible. If you have a cell phone, make a voice record of everything going on. Video would work as well.
  • Don't go home. If someone has road rage, then don't lead them to your home. That will give them a target. Instead, drive around and try to take varying paths so the person may end up getting lost and giving up if they are tailing you. Try to drive someplace with lots of people, or to local law enforcement.
  • Don't get out of your car. Your car is your best protection. Lock your doors, don't let the driver get close, etc. If you get out of your car, you risk the person trying to hit you with their car.
  • Stop. If you feel you are being harassed, then stop your car. Most times the person will stop to escalate the confrontation. That is when you can gun it and take off. Or, they could see you want the confrontation, and will take off since you called their bluff.
  • If you are on the freeway, get off. if you are not on the freeway, then get on. Road rage drivers are heading to a destination, just like you. Getting off or on the freeway affects them, so they may back off.
  • Draw attention to yourself. Honk your own, flash your lights, do anything to make others look at you. They could see the situation going on, may call the cops, or a cop could see that there is something going on and put a stop to it.
  • Carry protection. If you have to, and it's legal, carry a weapon on you. This should only be used as a last resort. But if you are pinned and have no choice, then use it.
  • Be prepared for a fight. If you somehow have to fight the person, then be prepared to defend yourself. But running is never a bad option as well, if you gets you away and to a more public place where your attacker can be exposed.

Avoid Road Rage Like This

Driving on the curb with a large vehicle just to squeeze by another vehicle is a case of bad road rage.
Driving on the curb with a large vehicle just to squeeze by another vehicle is a case of bad road rage. | Source

Road Rage Quote

"Today, while driving to my girlfriend's house, I passed up a stop sign without stopping. A car passing by honked. I honked back several times and flipped them the finger. Turns out it was my girlfriend's dad trying to say hi."

-From the website FML.

Worst Road Rage Experience

I'll share the experience that prompted me to write this article.

I was driving home from work one day, and this motorcycle was speeding, changing lanes, etc. He got between two cars and right up to a stop light. It's legal where I live. Once the light turned green, he quickly took off.

I made it to the same light this motorcycle did, roughly a few moments before he did. In my state, drivers are not required to give motorcycles enough room to get between them. I decided to prevent him from getting between me and another car since I felt he was driving recklessly. I was still in my lane, so I wasn't breaking the law. He obviously wasn't happy with my actions, as he was making all sorts of gestures at me.

Once the light turned green, I went on my way and forgot about it. But I soon saw the motorcycle behind me. He was riding really close. I took a turn that would have gone into the neighborhood I live, however, I decided to make a different turn to see if he would follow. The motorcycle did follow. I made a few turns, and he stayed right on me, almost touching my bumper. I pulled over to let and ambulance by, and so did he. He acted as if he was going to get off his motorcycle and confront me. I took off, but he followed again. Eventually I stopped dead to see what he would do. He stopped right behind me, despite there being enough room to drive around me. By this point I was honking my horn a lot so others would be drawn to what was going on. It was enough to get him to turn around and leave me alone.

Was I wrong to try to block the motorcycle, even if it was legal? Yes, but so was the motorcyclist by chasing me throughout the city just because he couldn't get between me and another vehicle.

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Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

Road rage is a dangerous thing and becoming a lot more common.

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Aneegma 2 years ago

Congrats on hub of the day. More drivers should read this as I can't stand road ragers.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

I have too noticed a violent increase in road rage here in my small town. I lived here my whole life before taking a job in a big city, full of violent crimes. I worked for a law firm.

I have to tell you, when I moved back here, I couldn't believe the road rage matched that or was worse of the city! In the time I was gone, something happened. I joke that it's in the water around here, but seriously, I really don't know what caused the turn of events. Around here though a lot of big companies left the area causing a huge increase in poverty.

I don't generally have road rage. But I do know what you mean about leaving on time. It's very stressful when trying to get somewhere and you start out late. I have a child with special needs and that was a huge issue in my life for a while until we got him in therapy and different programs. I could never get out of the house on time for anything. But after going to therapy with him and learning techniques, such as counting down time. 30 minutes...25 minutes...10 minutes...until we leave, he now puts his shoes on and we're never late for anything. I can totally see how that would cause frustration levels to rise and then become exasperated in a car during rush hour or when traffic just isn't moving fast enough.

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KoraleeP 2 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

This is a great topic. I'm really glad you wrote such a great about road rage. According to your quiz, I don't have road rage. I think in part that's because I'm pretty laid back, I always leave early, and listen to music. However, there are a few other reasons why I keep my urge for rage down to a minimum while driving.

The first one is the movie "Changing Lanes" with Samuel Jackson and Ben Affleck. You never know what other drivers are going through, and in the movie they both had road rage which affected their lives more than just the incident.

The second is I'm always scared another driver might have a gun, or be much more aggressive than me. If they cut me off but no one was injured, its not worth it to carry it on. They know they cut me off, they obviously don't care, so honking doesn't really do anything.

To make myself feel better I like to do the head crushing thing, from Kids in the Hall. My aunt does the same thing, but then pings them after for closure lol.

You have some great tips for drivers with road rage, and your videos show just how disgusting, and pointless it is.

This is a well deserved Hub of the Day! I really enjoyed reading it, and think others will too. I'm going to share it everywhere I can.

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Tom Mukasa 2 years ago from Lives in USA

Thanks. I used to ride both a motorcycle and bicycle.I noted those traffic fingers a lot between drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Thrice I almost got hit. One of those times it was by a car being chased by police. I had relegated driving on curbs to Hollywood films. This one time, all of us on the curb had to flee for dear life. I always ride my bicycle on the side facing the cars ( cars coming to you). This saved me,I saw the speeding car a distance away and the ubiquitous klaxon warned all! Talking of road rage, there are moments when it becomes part of life. There is a saying: If one went to the market, one cannot blame the din. Cities and towns and noise seem to walk hand in hand. Just walk up or down a busy road. Soon you will hear the ear shattering klaxon amplified even more by the Doppler effect. An ambulance or fire truck settling for nothing less but right of way and the police giving off intermittent blasts of the siren. Not to forget that driver who just wants to test the boom of the sound box! Oh! There is that youth who wants to show off roaring sound of engine and spluttering exhaust. That is enough stimuli to get one on their nerves.

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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Streets and highways are overcrowded (beyond capacity), every hour seems like rush hour these days and every driver is in a hurry plus irritated by traffic jams. That's a formula for road rage and it happens more often.

I don't really like to drive and don't do it unless I must, but sometimes it's necessary for me to get behind the wheel. I rarely drive more than 10-15 miles at once, but it can be nervewracking when some jerk seems bent on pushing you off the road.

I keep a CD that was actually produced to keep dogs calm when they're riding in the car--great for when you're taking them to the vet's or groomer's so they arrive at least partially "chilled." Once I put that CD in my car's player and realized it also calms me, I left it in and now I play it every time I drive. Its title is, "Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Dog in the Car." It also calms people, including the driver. Seems as though more people should be listening to this calming music. Why not try it, David? It's better than becoming a tragic statistic. You can buy it on Amazon, but I think I've also seen a free download online, so if you type the title into a Google search box, you may get calming music for your MP3 player.


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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Well documented there. Road rage seemed to be quite an issue in the UK when I lived there. Here in Japan, people do have some very irritating road manners however people will rarely get out of their cars to argue. People here just want to avoid confrontation. Whereas in the UK, I've know of stabbings due to this.

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Etherealenigma 2 years ago from Florida

Unbelievable some of the stupidity I saw on those videos! Some people are so dense! I went through that once too. This guy that attacked me was using a lot of verbal expletives and got out of his truck to yell them at me. We had already locked the doors of the car, and the only reason he had time to get out, was because we were stuck in traffic due to a car accident we had not yet seen in the road ahead. But he was coming off the highway and that traffic was trying to blend in with the traffic on the straightaway, which is where I was. He was apparently following his wife, and tried to cut me out of the lane I was already in, but I wouldn't allow him to, so he began his verbal tirade from his truck, trying to use it to push me out of the road. Then he got out and came to my window to scream expletives. I swear I saw a demon in his face. I shouldn't have done this, but at the time, I flipped him the bird and ignored him. He kept screaming that I had hit his wife's van, when I had not touched it. I was close, yes, because he was trying to push me out of the lane, but I had not hit it. Then as traffic began to move, he tried to cut me off again as I had gotten in the right turn lane to turn; also because the accident was blocking the middle lane so everyone had to go on either side of it. He thought he was going to block me at the light, but I drove into the middle lane, around the accident scene and got away from him. He followed me a ways down the road, then turned back. Later, I got a call from the police in that area, and met with an officer, as he had reported it as a hit and run. When I explained to the officer what had happened and this guy's actions, he knew it was a case of road rage. I showed him my car which had no signs of any impact, and no damage, just like their van had none. So the officer let me go and dismissed the report as bogus. About a month or two later, the same guy spots me on another road, on my way to work. He pulls up next to me, giving me this devil's grimace, and flips his phone at he's taking a picture. Three times he tried to catch me as I pulled away from him, even when he was clearly going straight, and I kept getting into the left turn lane. He shot past me through the intersection, and stopped, and backed up through the intersection, but I turned and shot off down the road. As I kept speeding down this road, apparently it was taking him too far from his destination, and he turned around and left. Shortly after that, I got rid of that car, because he could recognize it, and I had spotted him one more time near my job just before I got rid of it. He was a lunatic. I felt sorry for his wife, who must suffer great abuse from his temper.

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Derek James3rd1 2 years ago

Nice work Dave i like this is so necessary someone could have more road rage than you, I once blew the horn along with profane language being cut off in the middle of traffic the other driver drew his gun to let off a few rounds in my direction even though no harm was done to my vehicle or myself I'm grateful to be living, so now I just watch out for careless drivers as well as my driving,

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davidlivermore 2 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States Author

It's scary how people react. Thanks for your comment and welcome to Hubpages!

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Derek James3rd1 2 years ago

It is scary. your welcome and thanks

jun 10 months ago

Do not call 911, they will just tell you keep moving

jun 10 months ago

I told the officer after I stopped, this person tailgated me for over a mile. I went over to her and asked why? She had the right of way to make a right turn in front of oncoming traffic. I can't belive this. And She had a gun, (didn't show me it} and told me to move away.

I told the officer that and he was shouting to me ( this is road rage and to keep moving) I asked what you are going to do ? He shouted to me keep moving your car. I left. The officer was not going to do nothing

Cali Driver 4 weeks ago

"Was I wrong to try to block the motorcycle, even if it was legal? Yes"

Step 1 of avoiding road rage, don't be an asshole. Don't go out of your way to provoke people. You're not the police. Let him pass and forget about it.

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