Is road rage the same thing as aggressive driving?
How do you define each term?
There is a difference.
Aggressive driving is a traffic offense; road rage is a criminal offense.
Road rage is defined as “an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or an assault precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway.”
Road rage is characterized by willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.
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-your-own in your travel lane.
Wear your seat belt. It will it 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.
Avoid eye contact.
Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel. Obviously only do this if you can do it safely while pulled over, or ask a passenger in your car to make the call. Many states or cities have special numbers to call for roadway emergencies (e.g. 9-1-1 or #77).
If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.