We’ve all felt anger on the road at some point as a driver. When the red mist descends it can be hard to escape: road rage. Usually a feeling of anger expressed by horn beeping and foul language. Car Buyer Tom, the experts at selling your car fast talk about the top 10 reasons for road rage.could become a victim for any number of reasons. Yet which are the main ones that touch a nerve and cause us to lose it while out on the road? The RAC recently conducted this research that reveals the top 10 reasons for road rage:
Tailgating and sudden braking (39.5%)The most annoying habit that drivers can have is being too close to you, both front and back!
Gesturing (12%)Inaccurate signalling or unreadable gesturing is likely to make our blood boil. It is an accident just waiting to happen. There is probably another type of gesture which also doesn’t go down too well either.
Weaving dangerously (11%)There is nothing more annoying than a car that is weaving in and out of traffic… well apart from tailgating and gesturing apparently.
Being forced to stop (10%)How dare you delay my journey by even a millisecond you inconsiderate fool!
Swearing or threats (10%)Quite understandably we do not like people threatening us much.
Speeding alongside (7%) Are you trying to race me? Should I speed up or slow down? Just stop it.
Dazzling lights (3.5%)Being blinded down a country lane is not everyone’s idea of a good time.
Driver approached on foot (3%)Wind up your windows, hit that lock button and drive! Unless you have just crashed into them, then you “may” need to stop.
Continuous horn (3%)There are certain politics to horn beeping and keeping your hand firmly pressed on it makes the majority of us see red.
Ramming vehicle (3%)Hopefully not many of you have experienced this, but if you have then I would be inclined to forgive you for a little road rage.
How can we stop road rage when driving?
It is important to show some courtesy to fellow drivers. If you feel yourself getting angry, try to take a moment and a deep breath, and relax. It is important to realise that your feelings of anger will probably pass in time. Speaking of time, give yourselfextra time for journeys if possible so you don’t have the added pressure of being late.
Getting stuck in traffic whilst late can be one of the key starting points of road rage. When you have plenty of time traffic jams do not seem so bad. And don’t take other drivers’ bad driving habits as a personal attack on you.The best thing you can do is make a promise to yourself to stay calm no matter what. Looking at the points above it seems many car owners get road rage because others are showing signs of road rage.