As in all other parts of the country, Arizona has many drivers who
give in to road rage. Unfortunately, Arizona road rage can be quite
dangerous for everyone involved. As a driver, if you want to stay safe,
it is important to remain calm and discourage road rage in those around
What is Road Rage
Road rage is when someone is driving extremely aggressive, even
violently. Legally, someone who is pulled over and cited for Arizona
road rage is given an “aggressive driving” ticket. This can manifest
itself in a number of ways. Some of the most common road rage incidents
- Laying on the horn and using high beams to blind the other
- Cutting off other cars deliberately
- Shouting violently and rude gestures
- Intentionally causing accidents or damage
- Threatening the other driver with a weapon
In most cases, those displaying signs of road rage will be pulled over
and charged with other thinks, like reckless driving. However, keep in
mind that road rage can cause very serious accidents, so a fit of road
rage could end up with as much as a murder charge.
In the United States, road rage is on the rise. One study shows that
over 300 serious injuries or deaths on the road every year have been a
direct result of road rage. A national study by the AAA Foundation
shows that there are over 1200 cases of road rage documented every year
across the country – and that number is growing every year.
Arizona road rage is increasing for two reasons. First, the population
is growing, and many of the new residents come to Arizona from
California, a state known for aggressive driving. The second reason
that road rage is on the rise is that the roads in Arizona are
typically clean and strait, with few potholes. That might sounds like a
good thing, but overall, it means that people are driving faster, which
leads to driving more aggressively.
How to Avoid Confrontation
The best way to avoid road rage confrontation is just to stay in the
car and get out of the other driver’s way. Whether you’re driving in
Arizona or any other part of the country, adding to the road rage by
honking your horn, making rude gestures, and taking part in road rage
yourself only makes the situation more dangerous.
Cooler Heads Prevail
If you’re worried about road rage in yourself, there are a few
things you can do to avoid this kind of violent confrontation. Here are
some great tips to help you stay cool:
- Plan ahead so that you have more than enough time to get to your
destination, even if the traffic in slow.
- Avoid eye contact with other drivers who seem to be driving
- Map out alternative routes to your destination that take you out of
- Pull over. Allow other drivers who are showing signs of road rage
to pass you by.
- Use public transportation to avoid driving altogether.
Remember, you can also call the police or otherwise report bad drivers
if someone showing signs of road rage is confronting you. Don’t get
caught up in it yourself – the costs are too high!
How it Starts and Ends
Arizona road rage usually starts with someone needing to get someone
quickly. Highway traffic is often unpredictable, and being late for
something important is a sure-fire way to feel flustered on the road.
In some people, this leads to road rage. One study of people who have
experienced road rage shows that this may actually be an aggression
reaction problem in the brain.
Road rage also has a tendency to start when others are displaying signs
of rage while driving. If someone gestures rudely or tailgates you with
high beams, it is easy to become defensive and gesture back or block
them from passing you. If you have problems ignoring rude and angry
people, you might have problems with Arizona road rage.
More important than how road rage starts is how it ends. There are
three possible outcomes. The first is that the driver makes it to his
or her destination safely. This is a typical outcome, but remember –
you’re playing with fire. It is also possible that one of the other two
outcomes occurs: you get pulled over and cited for aggressive driving
or other offenses or you get into an accident, possibly causing death
Reporting Road Rage
Reporting road rage is a good way to ensure that you’re doing your
part to help keep Arizona’s roads safe. If you’re experiencing road
rage, you have a number of reporting choices. First, you can call the
police as you’re seeing it happen. Remember, if you are alone, pull off
the road to make the call.
In addition, you can report the road rage online by registering the
license plate number and offense of the offender. There are many
websites that allow you to do this, but some of the most popular are www.roadragers.com and www.aboveaveragedriver.com.
Even if you choose not to report road rage incidents you see, make sure
that you keep a cool head so that no one has to report you!