Being in a car accident could ruin your Christmas. It could also have significant consequences for the rest of your life. Each year many car crashes happen due to road rage. When you understand what causes road rage, you will see why the holiday period is a prime time for road rage incidents.
Specific factors can aggravate road rage
Below are three things identified as increasing the likelihood of road rage. All three could be especially prevalent during the holiday period:
- Stress: You are going to be late. Or you have to drive to yet another store to find the present your child wants and stand in yet another long queue.
- Anger carried over from elsewhere: You have just spent the day with your in-laws who you do not get on with. Or your husband has forgotten to buy the turkey.
- Heavy traffic: Everyone else is traveling at the same time as you causing long tailbacks.
Certain people are more prone to road rage than others
Colorado University psychologists looked into why specific drivers are more prone to road rage than others. They found five key differences in patients who admitted to road rage compared to people who said they did not suffer from it:
- They think aggressively
- They take more risks
- They are quick to anger
- They are often angry or stressed when they get in the car
- They have more near misses
What do to if you encounter a driver with road rage
If you notice another driver is acting aggressively, the best thing you can do is get away from them. Telltale signs could be tailgating, flashing their lights, revving their engine or braking hard in front of you. Usually, it is better to slow down or pull over rather than try and speed away. Avoid reacting to their provocation. It could worsen the situation. If you end up in a car crash, take steps to protect your interests. An attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve.