What is road rage? Can road rage be prevented.
We’ve all heard about the most extreme and tragic cases of road rage which results in someone being badly beaten up or even murdered, however there are so many more cases that do not make headlines.
Let’s face it, at one time or another, most of us have gotten angry, at least once, while driving.
It could be the motorist in front of you on a two-lane highway driving at what appears to be 30 miles an hour and you cannot safely pass them or someone just driving “stupidly” that annoys you.
That’s normal and the reaction of normal people is to just shrug it off.
But sometimes, something snaps in people, even seemingly normal people, and totally infuriates them, making them a menace to people on the road.
I’ve had two scary experiences when I unwittingly pissed off someone.
The first incident was back in the 80’s in New York. I was a kid and has just received my drivers license. I was driving my boyfriend in my very first car on the LIE (Long island expressway) when, unwittingly, I cut someone off.
Next thing, this car is on my tail.
Figuring he wanted to pass, I moved over to the right lane and the car followed.
The car followed me for a few miles and I decided to ignore it. Next thing you know, the car pulled into the middle lane and opened his passenger window and pointed a gun right at me while shouting the next time he would kill me.
He was a man in his 40’s and I was not even 20.
The second experience happened in Las Vegas, not too many years ago. I worked in Laughlin, NV and made the daily commute of nearly 200 miles.
On this particular morning, I was driving on East Tropicana Ave heading toward the I-95 entrance. I still don’t know what this guy perceived that I did but he was mad and followed me on my tail for 40 miles waving his hand, cursing, giving me the finger and beeping his horn.
It’s a pretty desolate stretch of highway that time of day I was traveling and the nearest town is Searchlight, NV, 40 miles away.
I contacted 911 on my cell to meet me at Searchlight.
As soon as I got to Searchlight, I pulled into the gas station and starting honking my horn.
After once again giving me the finger, the car drove off.
Both experiences were pretty scary but I lived.
That was not the case for 19-year-old Desiree Bragg of Nevada.
The young mother was driving to her mother’s house with her boyfriend, when a guy, in full throes of road rage, followed her to her mother’s home.
When she got out of the car, he accelerated – driving right into her.
Bragg was seriously injured, placed on life support and died.
All because of a perceived ‘diss”
How can road rage be prevented?
Really, it’s hard to say.
Sometimes pulling over and letting the enraged driver pass works – sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes, an apology works; other times it doesn’t.
I’d recommend, not pulling over and getting out of your car because you do not know if the person has a gun or other weapon.
Call the police at once to get assistance.