Road Rage

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Do You Suffer From Road Rage?

  Florida consistently ranks as one of the top states in road rage. Aggressive drivers have committed many acts of road rage over the years. Central Florida Bonding wants you to know about road rage, its causes, types of road rage, preventing road rage, and how to handle road rage if you are the recipient of a road rage incident.

Road rage equals aggressive driving:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Road rage is defined as “when a driver commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.” Basically, road rage is anger from a driver or passenger that is directed towards another motorist.

Root causes:

What causes road rage? Road rage is caused by a person losing control of their emotions and becoming angry while driving. This can be triggered by a number of things including being late for an appointment, a delay in traffic, children that aren’t behaving in the car, having a fight with someone before driving or while on the phone while driving, or even being a learned behavior and thinking it is normal.

Common forms of road rage:

Road rage expresses itself differently. It can consist of switching lanes while close to another car, running a red light, tailgating, honking the horn, making obscene gestures, speeding to prevent another vehicle from passing you, yelling at the other driver or passenger, cutting off another car on purpose, bumping or ramming into another car on purpose, getting out of your car and confronting the driver of the other car, flashing your headlights, and more.

Preventing road rage:

You as a driver are in control of your vehicle. If you know that you are angry or have road rage tendencies then there are things that you can do to help calm yourself. Good guidelines to follow to keep calm include playing soothing music, make sure that you have had enough sleep since sleep deprivation can cause you to make unwise choices, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, be aware of your driving, put yourself in the other driver’s shoes and give them a break (maybe they are lost or distracted by a child), keep enough space between your car and the next car, and do not provoke a driver that is already driving aggressively.

If threatened by another from road rage:

First, stay calm. Try and stay away from the “rager” vehicle by giving the other vehicle room. Change lanes, slow down, or if need be, exit the road so that you can stay away from the aggressive driver. Do not respond or interact with the “rager” since that could just escalate the situation. Avoid eye contact and continue to drive away from the vehicle. If the “rager” persists or is following you, then lock your doors and head to a police station.

Central Florida Bonding offers fast bailbonds. They bond clients out of jail for many types of charges including felonies and misdemeanors such as road rage, domestic violence, DUI, child neglect, assault, battery, grand theft, and more. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. To start the bail bond process, please call us at 407-841-3646.

All of our bail bond agents are experienced and knowledgeable. We have been serving Central Florida since 1979 and bail defendants from the Orange, Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Osceola, and Brevard County jails. Your neighbors have relied on our expertise, you can too. Please call us today at 407-841-3646 so that we can assist you.

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