Encountering someone behind the wheel of a car who is angry and driving recklessly can be a scary experience.
Knowing the common visual signs of this phenomenon is one way to spot potential danger on the road.
Increased yelling and honking
According to Psychology Today, some drivers yell out of their windows in order to intimidate other people. If you notice someone screaming or gesturing wildly at you in a nearby car, it may be because of a fit of road rage.
While some honking is typical, incessant use of a car’s horn is usually a sign of frustration or anger.
Breaking the speed limit in order to follow another car is another sign of road rage. This is one of the most dangerous ways to pursue another person, as well as also one of the most noticeable ones.
Speeding puts you and any pedestrians at risk because it shortens a driver’s reaction time and makes it harder to stop quickly. Driving over curbs or ignoring traffic signs can cause a serious crash.
Erratic lane changes
Swerving and dodging in front of other cars can lead to a significant loss of control over your own vehicle. In particular, when on a highway, someone may attempt to turn without signaling or indicating he or she is approaching.
Large trucks that cannot stop quickly and smaller motorcycles that hide from view make this an even riskier move. Knowing the common signs of road rage not only keeps you aware of anything going on around you but also helps you notice odd behavior from others.