Most drivers know “road rage” when they see it. After experiencing some perceived slight, a driver tries to intimidate, threaten, or harm a fellow motorist, often with dangerous behavior such as speeding or tailgating.
Road rage happens when aggressive driving mixes with anger, and the results can be deadly. In fact, aggressive driving contributes to more than half of fatal crashes, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And it's not a minor problem: In a recent AAA study, almost 80% of drivers surveyed said they had engaged in angry behavior behind the wheel at least once in the past year. We look at what drivers can do to avoid aggressive driving from others, and avoid becoming aggressive themselves.