Road rage

Road rage

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What is road rage?

The term 'road rage' has become increasingly more common in the UK. It generally refers to drivers acting aggressively. This can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Flashing headlights
  • Driving within inches of the car in front ('tailgating')
  • Aggressive use of the horn
  • Verbal abuse
  • Aggressive or rude gestures
  • Physical attack on other drivers and their vehicles
  • Cutting a vehicle off in a lane after overtaking it

If you lose your temper when driving, this isn't an offence in itself. However, it can lead to criminal behaviour.

How to avoid becoming a victim

Even a minor disagreement can end up in a serious situation. The following safety tips can help protect you against becoming a victim of this increasing problem:

  • Remember that you don't know the other drivers and what they're capable of
  • Keep all doors locked and if you have to open windows only partially open them
  • Avoid provoking other drivers through eye contact, gestures and flashing lights
  • Don't leave your car and try to 'have a go' at another driver
  • Avoid tailgating
  • If someone follows you, drive to the nearest police station or crowded public place