Road Rage. If you’ve been on the highway during rush hour or been cut off attempting to merge, you probably know the feeling. Most people have experienced some form of road rage, whether personally during a morning commute or vicariously while riding as a passenger. Usually, that intense burst of anger is just that – a burst.
But sometimes, it can escalate into more.
Road rage and reckless driving are heavily intertwined, but in New York, they’re different. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in New York. Driving recklessly means using a vehicle in a way that endangers others or interferes with the proper use of the highway. Reckless driving could include tailgating, ignoring traffic signals, chasing other vehicles, and flashing your headlights.
Road rage, however, is a much more serious issue than reckless driving in New York. It’s considered a criminal offense. It means using a vehicle as a weapon or getting into a physical altercation with another driver.
There are a few things you can do to avoid road rage situations or diffuse them if necessary.
- Obey the road rules. Road Rage is often sparked by one driver blatantly ignoring the rules. Not only is this dangerous, but it can enrage a fellow driver.
- Change lanes if you’re being tailgated. Instead of adding to the frustration of a speeding driver, just let them pass.
- Use your hand and horn appropriately. A nod, waive, or an apologetic gesture can be helpful in a tough situation. On the flipside, don’t use your horn unless you need to.
- Follow the Golden Rule! This rule is best followed in all aspects of life long past your elementary school days.
- Give yourself enough time to get to your location. The anxiety of being late can lead to higher tensions and an increase risk of unsafe driving.
- Pull over and call 911 to report a reckless driver instead of confronting the driver yourself.
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