Pennsylvania State Police Offer Tips on Handling Road Rage

Top 6 Tips On Avoiding Road Ragers, according to PA State Police

The Pennsylvania State Police Butler Barracks want to educate everyone who uses Pennsylvania roads about aggressive drivers or “Road-Rage Warriors.� These “warriors� do not drive armored vehicles in a post-apocalyptic world, instead they are “high risk drivers [who] climb into the anonymity of an automobile and take out their frustrations on anybody at any time.�

Some of their behavior include: running stop signs and red lights, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, making hand and facial gestures, screaming, honking their horns and flashing their lights.

Unfortunately, you may not be able to avoid aggressive drivers so the Pennsylvania State Police give the following advice for what to do when you encounter an aggressive driver:

  • First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. DO NOT CHALLENGE them by speeding up or attempting to hold you own in your travel lane.
  • Wear your seat belt. It will hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them. Avoid eye contact.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location and if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you have a cell phone, and can do it safely, dial 911

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