Road rage prevalent over holidays

The frustration of the holidays doesn’t go away on the road.

According to a press release from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 80 percent of drivers express significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once each year. With an estimated 97.4 million drivers getting set to hit the road for the holidays, AAA said that drivers need to remember to avoid aggression behind the wheel. The most significant acts of road rage include purposefully ramming another vehicle or exiting one’s vehicle to confront another driver. According to AAA, around 8 million U.S. drivers showed extreme road rage last year.

“Minor frustrations have the potential to turn deadly if drivers act out their anger on the road,” said Theresa Podguski, Director of Legislative Affairs for AAA East Central. Patience and respect, she said, need to be the primary mindsets behind the wheel.

To help prevent road rage, AAA suggests a set of reminders.

Causing other drivers to change their speed or direction, including forcing drivers to use their brakes or turn their wheel in response to something you’ve done is a bad idea. They also suggest not taking aggression on the part of other drivers directed at you personally, but being tolerant and forgiving. And, when confronted with aggression on the road, AAA suggests avoiding eye contact, not making gestures, and maintaining space around your own vehicle are the only responses necessary. If road rage gets out of control, they say, call 911.