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Illinois State Police See an Increase in Road Rage

Our Chicago car accident attorneys saw that MyStateLine.com posted an online article that states that the Illinois State Police have recently seen an increase in aggressive drivers. Some state troopers believe that if drivers were more focused on the road, and avoided distractions, it would help to decrease or even eliminate road rage. Also, being in the middle of the holiday season, streets and highway can become especially crowded. With more cars on the road, there is more traffic, which allows for added agitation and road rage. The State Trooper interviewed states that drivers should not “take matters into their own hands. If you see someone driving aggressively or tailgating you then report it, but don’t try to fix it yourself.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that aggressive driving occurs when a driver partakes in numerous traffic offenses that could harm other people or property. RoadRagers.com offers a ton of useful information about aggressive drivers. Many different things can cause aggressive driving and road rage, but according to the site there are three main types to categorize what causes road rage. They are the environment, instructive responses, and territorial defensiveness. The environment includes heavy traffic, the weather, another driver’s behavior, loud noises, and going somewhere in a hurry. Instructive responses are when the driver acts to retaliate against another driver for acting carelessly. The final category is territorial defensiveness. This is when the driver acts aggressively to defend their space on the road in response to another motorist’s actions.

After further looking into aggressive driving, our Illinois auto accident lawyers saw on SmartMotorist.com that the number of miles being driven annually has increased over 35% in the last decade. This increase, as well as the increase of cars on the road, also leads to an increase in aggressive driving.

Our Chicago accident lawyers saw on Edmunds.com that there are several preventative measures that can be taken to avoid road rage. They include:

• Being well rested • Allow extra time for travel • Do not use driving as a means of calming down • Do not listen to aggressive music • If it seems as though the driver is gripping the wheel tightly, breath • If your feet are cramping, use cruise control if you are able
• Take a break every two hours on the road to rest and stretch • Do not take other’s driving behavior personally • Stay calm and drive courteously

We also suggest that if you see another driver acting aggressively on the road that you do not respond by acting aggressively back, but stay behind the car, giving yourself plenty of space in-between. We encourage our readers to call the police with as many descriptive details that they can take without endangering themselves.