Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Road Rage - guest post by Suzanne Richardson

If you’re in Miami, you might want to stay inside.

Why? Because Miami, according to an AutoVantage survey, is the city with the most road-raging drivers. The survey, which ranked 25 cities based on the number of road-rage-related incidents reported, included New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. in its five worst cases.

Nearly 1,500 incidents of angry or aggressive driving kill or injure people each year, according to the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) most recent study. With all this road rage going on, what can you do to keep out of danger?

First and foremost, be a good defensive driver. Pay attention to the people who are sharing the road with you. And if you see someone driving erratically, get out of the way.

Be courteous. According to the AAA, that means staying out of the far-left lane unless you are passing, refraining from following too closely, using your horn sparingly, keeping your headlights on low beams, and using your turn signals before you change lanes.

The AAA also suggests that you avoid decorating your car with bumper stickers that might incite someone – like a confederate flag – and try not to make eye contact with aggressive drivers. And don’t bother to make obscene gestures at other motorists. The possible consequences (getting shot, stabbed, or beaten) aren’t worth it.

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