No national definition for the term “Aggressive Driving (road rage)” › It is commonly defined as a societal condition where motorist lose their temper in reaction to a traffic disturbance. › In most cases, the traffic situations encountered are typical of today's normal driving conditions in higher traffic volumes. More drivers have started acting out their anger when they get behind the wheel › Cut off › Tailgated › Slowed down by a vehicle in front of them › Set off by road congestion and even driver’s own mood Angry drivers can commit incredible acts of violence. › Assault and murder › Aggressive drivers react negatively and use their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers The Unfriendly Zone - Closing ranks to deny someone entering your lane because you're frustrated or upset Hostile Zone - Tailgating to pressure another driver to go faster or get out of the way Violent Zone - Making visible obscene gestures at another driver Minor Mayhem Zone - Pursuing other cars in a chase because of provocation or insult Major Mayhem Zone - Getting out of the car and beating or battering someone as a result of a road exchange. Arguments over parking spaces Cutting another motorist off or refusing to allow passing Minor traffic crashes Obscene gestures Slow driving Overuse of the horn Failure to use turn signals Driving with high beams on behind another vehicle or toward on coming traffic Do not make obscene gestures Use your horn sparingly Don’t block passing lane Don’t switch lanes without signaling Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane Do not take more than one parking space If you are not disabled, don’t park in a disabled space Do not allow your door to hit the car parked next to you Do not tailgate If you travel slowly, pull over & allow traffic to pass Avoid unnecessary use of high beams headlights Don’t let the car (cellular) phone distract you Don’t stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other driver Don’t inflict loud music on neighboring cars Other Useful Attitudes Assume other driver’s mistakes are not personal Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn’t Avoid all conflict if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and get out of the way A 29-year-old man was shot to death, an apparent victim of road rage. According to newspaper accounts, he had a reputation for never backing down from a fight. The man and his half brother were heading home from a plumbing job when the trouble began. Apparently, three men in another car zoomed in front of their car. These men started hurling profanities and flashing obscene gestures at the brothers, who returned the insults. Things escalated until a gun was pulled. The man got out of his car and began walking toward the gunman. Two shots rang out, missing the man, who continued to walk toward the gunman until he was shot and killed. What comments do you have about this incident? What could have been done? Have you ever felt this way while driving? CONCLUSION NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the other driver’s CAPACITY for MAYHAM If you are tempted to participate in a driving duel, ask yourself: › Is it worth being paralyzed or killed? › Is it worth a jail sentence? An impulsive action could ruin the rest of your life.