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Dallas-area Drivers Lead the State in Deadly Road Rage, Tips on Staying Safe

Let’s face it: everyone gets frustrated driving in heavy traffic. Some people, however, let this frustration boil over into anger. Some drivers become so angry at other drivers that they actually try to retaliate against them.

Young drivers, in construction-heavy, rush-hour traffic, are paying little heed to Texas’ motto of friendship.  Fort Worth and Dallas roads are covered in construction causing a lot of stop-and-go traffic.

They’re the chief cause for making Dallas and Tarrant counties combined the worst place for road rage crashes statewide over the last five years, statistics show.

According to the Texas Department of Safety, road raging drivers can be identified by the following behaviors:

  • Running stop signs and red lights.
  • Speeding, tailgating and weaving between lanes.
  • Passing on the right of a vehicle.
  • Making inappropriate hand and facial gestures.

If you’re confronted try not to respond.

  • Turn on the classical radio station and go to your peaceful place
  • Don’t do unto others. If someone cuts you off, don’t retaliate.
  • Be aware of the surroundings and yield to others on freeway entrance ramps.
  • Plan ahead and leave early. If you know freeways will be jammed, don’t go that way.
  • If someone seems angry, avoid eye contact, stay out of their way and avoid making gestures.

Have you ever been involved in a road rage incident?  Have you ever felt threatened on the highway by another driver?  What did you do? We welcome your comments.

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