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hands on steering wheelMore than ever, road rage is a problem on our highways. People under pressure at work and home may let off steam in one of the most dangerous situations—behind the wheel. Whether you're the one feeling angry or you're in another vehicle and you're at risk because of another person's actions, it's important to know what to do in the situation.

If you feel yourself getting hot under the collar while driving, it's important to remind yourself that you can't change anyone's behavior but your own. Yes, other drivers may cut you off or drive too slow, but the only thing in your control is your own response. It's normal to want to vent your frustration, but you need to find a healthy way to do that to keep yourself and others around you safe. Find a trusted friend or family member who is willing to let you complain and express your anger in a healthy way.

If your driving habits include any of the following behaviors, you may have an issue with road rage:
  • Changing lanes frequently and quickly

  • Honking horn

  • Flashing lights

  • Tailgating

  • Gesturing to other drivers

  • Yelling at other drivers
Of course, if you're driving and you witness another driver expressing some of these behaviors, it's important to know what to do so you don't become a victim of a road rage incident. The most important thing is to disengage from the situation. Don't make eye contact with the person who may be trying to get your attention. Refrain from responding back with any of the behaviors listed above. Make every attempt to safely put space between your cars by changing lanes or backing off if they are in front of you. Focus on staying in control of your vehicle. Do not pull over or get out of your vehicle. If you feel you need to and can safely do so, dial 911 with a hands-free device.

Road rage incidents are a dangerous trend on our roads. If you feel you have a hard time dealing with your emotions while driving, talk to a friend or a health professional for advice. It may be hard to admit, but it's easier than dealing with the consequences of an accident that could have been avoided.

Driving angry can have dire consequences. Call Auto Insurance Discounters at (816) 252-2255 for more information on Kansas City SR-22 auto insurance.
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