We all know that road rage is essentially the taking out of stress and frustration on another driver, and we also know that road rage can be incredibly dangerous. Have you ever stopped to wonder what causes road rage? If so, have you ever wondered if you could be the cause of someone else’s rage? Here are five indicators that you may be causing someone to go postal behind the wheel:
1.You’re Driving like Grandma in the Inside Lane
The inside lane, also known as the left lane, on the highway is for passing and speeding, respectively. Some people have the terrible habit of driving in the inside lane at the posted speed limit or, worse, under the posted speed limit. If this sounds like you, you may very well be causing the driver behind you to rage. If you have a habit of driving in the left lane for no particular reason, break your habit and move to the right.
2.You’re Cutting People Off
The more frequently you cut people off, the more likely you are to experience the wrath of another driver. If you need to change lanes, turn onto a busy street or merge onto the highway, make sure that you do so with enough room between you and the car coming up on your tail. If you get in front of someone and cause them to apply their brakes to avoid hitting your bumper, you’ll undoubtedly be the victim of a string of curses, whether you hear them or not.
3.You’re Riding on Someone’s Trunk
No matter how much of a hurry you’re in, keep at least one car length between you and the driver in front of you. There is never a need to drive so close to someone that that person feels like you’re riding on their trunk. If you can’t see the rear tires of the car in front of you touching the pavement, you’re driving too closely. Not only will you be the cause of someone’s road rage, but you may be the victim of a retaliatory brake check.
4.You Fell In Love with Your Turn Signal
There may be nothing more annoying than driving down the highway behind someone who won’t turn their signal off. If you’ve turned your signal on to merge into a lane, make sure that you turn it off when you’re done merging. Likewise, if you turn a corner, make sure that your turn signal clicks off. Don’t drive for miles with your turn signal clicking away or you may find yourself on the receiving end of someone’s hostility.
5.You’re a Woman
This is a cause of road rage that you can’t help: personal bias. If you’re a woman, a man, a teenager, a senior, an African-American, a Caucasian or a certain ethnicity, gender or race, you may be the cause of someone’s road rage. People hold personal biases that affect their daily lives. Because there’s nothing that you can do about it, if you become the victim of someone’s apparent nonsensical rage, pull over and get out of their way.
If you share the road with other people, it’s up to you to make sure that you aren’t the cause of road rage. By driving with common sense, you can ensure that you aren’t at the root of someone else’s frustration and that everyone gets where they are going in one piece.