The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that road rage “involved a criminal act of violence, whereas aggressive driving can range from tailgating to speeding to running red lights.” The NHTSA estimates that aggressive driving may account for about one-third of all crashes and about two-thirds of the resulting fatalities. The following precautions should be taken by all motorists to avoid any type of “road rage” incidents on Arizona’s roads.

1. Be well rested.
We all know how cranky we get without enough sleep…it can make us prone to feelings about annoyance, resentments, and even anger.

2. Plan ahead.
If you are rushing through traffic trying to make up time while on the road, you are more likely to get angry with a driver who is too slow or inadvertently cuts you off. If you add 10 minutes to your expected travel time, you’ll have time to navigate roads and traffic safely.

3. Turn down the bass.
Listening to more relaxing music on our drive can help drown out stressful traffic noise and reduce stress.

4. Keep cool.
When other motorists are driving poorly, it can be really irritating to others…especially those who are already having a bad day. Try remaining calm and don’t let your emotions impact your driving.

5. Give them space.
If another driver seems aggressive, the first decision you make should be to get out of the way. Even if you technically have the right of way, you should yield the road to the driver to ensure your own safety.

We are all bound to lose our cool at some point, but by following these key tips, you can put your safety first. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious crash, consult The Law Office of Thomas Grier to get the full compensation you deserve.