One of the worst times for someone to get angry is when they are driving. They are in charge of a vehicle that could potentially kill themselves, their passengers and anyone else nearby at the time. They are, in effect, in charge of a lethal but legal weapon.
While some drivers express their anger by shouting or hitting their steering wheel, others use their vehicles to vent their frustration. Here are some ways they could do that:
- Cutting you up
- Blocking you
- Slamming their brakes on in front of you
- Squeezing you off the road
- Ramming you
You may have done nothing wrong
Drivers often bring their troubles onto the road with them. Perhaps they just got fired and jump into their car in a foul mood. Maybe their partner rings them as they are happily driving, and the conversation deteriorates into a heated argument. Or perhaps a driver further back cut them off, and they are now in a fury with anyone in their way.
The best thing to do is get out of their way
There is no point trying to reason with someone when they are raging. Doing so could cause them to act with even more aggression.
The safest thing to do is to get out of their way and let them take their anger elsewhere. This might mean you drop back and let them continue, or it could mean pulling over to let them pass. Accelerating away from them is not advisable as it could spur them on to chase you.
If their anger leads to you being injured in a crash, seek legal help to understand your options.