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April 17, 2012 > Road Rage

Road Rage

Submitted By Newark PD

In recent years, aggressive driving and road rage has increased on City streets. When provoked, angry drivers have been known to commit acts of violence. It is important to recognize the warning signs of aggressive driving in order to avoid becoming involved in a potentially hazardous situation.

Examples of aggressive driving include: tailgating, cutting off other vehicles, careless lane changes, speeding, and running red lights. Extremely aggressive driving can lead to road rage. Signs to be aware of include: obscene gestures, verbal assaults, intentionally crashing into other vehicles, and threatening to use weapons.

As our roads become more congested, some drivers' anger and rage also build up. While you're on the road, keep these suggestions in mind to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

1. Plan ahead and allow enough time for your trip.
2. Avoid following other vehicles too closely.
3. Use your horn only when necessary.
4. Drive in the passing lane only if you are passing.
5. Use your turn signal when changing lanes.
6. Avoid gestures that may offend others.
7. Ignore agitated drivers.
8. Use low beam headlights when other vehicles are near.
9. Be aware of speeding cars and let them pass.
10. Remember the vehicle golden rule: Drive the way you would like others to drive.

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