One person’s bad driving habits are often another’s justification for endangering the lives of everybody else on the road.
Have you witnessed drivers doing any of the following?
- Driving faster than the speed limit
- Ignoring traffic lights, stop signs or yield signs
- Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle
- Passing on the shoulder or the break-down lane
- Changing lanes without a turn signal
- Flashing headlights at another motorist
- Making rude or obscene gestures
- Changing lanes erratically
- Yelling at another driver
- Deliberately blocking another vehicle
- Physically assaulting another driver
Have you been responsible for any of those acts yourself?
When you consider the statistics, it’s no surprise how many incidents there are on Colorado roads. A recent survey found 50% of drivers confronted with aggressive driving respond with road rage. Here’s the breakdown of how the surveyed drivers actually admitted to behaving:
- 34% honk their car horn at an aggressive driver
- 27% yell at the driver
- 19% make an obscene gesture
- 17% flash their car headlights
- 7% make the same aggressive driving maneuver
- 2% attempt to run the aggressive driver off the road.
These kinds of driving habits can be precursors some major road rage. Scary, isn’t it?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving occurs “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Aggressive driving can be attributed to drivers’ carelessness or inattention.
Road rage, though, can turn into a criminal offense. It’s considered by the NHTSA as “an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or is caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.”
Coloradans have seen the criminal result of road rage as recently as April of this year. Colorado Springs cyclists and a driver in Pueblo made headlines after becoming road rage victims in the same month. » Read more: Road Rage Endangers Everyone on the Road