What to do in a road rage incident
As roads get busier, our anger on the road only increases. A recent GIO survey found that 88% of respondents claimed to have been a victim of road rage.
Certain capital cities are worse than others. In Brisbane, 95% of motorists have been a road rage victim. Adelaide and Perth followed closely at 90%, Melbourne at 87% and Sydney at 84%.
Road rage can appear in several different forms. The following is a list of the types of road rage you may experience in order of frequency.
- Rude gestures
- Verbal abuse
- Being followed
- Being forced off the road
- Car damage
- Physical assault
- Land Rover
- Vauxhall / Holden / Opel
- Australia is ranked 9th in the world for road rage
- 52% have received aggressive gestures
- 34% have been verbally abused
- Men are more often than not the offender
So why do we experience road rage? It is often the case that those who are easily angered will be more likely to commit road rage. However, those who aren’t usually angry in life can be angry on the road. Some have put this down to people feeling safe and powerful in a car, like holding a weapon.
The NRMA have recently identified the top ten road rage causing drivers:
- Drivers who don’t give the ‘thank you’ wave
- People who slam the brakes unnecessarily
- People who merging without indicating
- Drivers who cannot keep a constant speed
- People who drive under the speed limit
- Those who don’t allow others to merge
- Drivers who cut someone off
- People who text and drive
- Drivers who use the right hand lane incorrectly
- Avoid driving when tired
- Stay off your phone
- Avoid caffeine or substances that make you agitated
- Play music
- Plan ahead and leave on time
- Follow the road rules
- Always use the ‘Thank you’ wave
- Don’t tailgate
- Keep your hands on the wheel
Written by Shine Lawyers on October 6, 2016. Last modified: September 6, 2018.