Increased holiday traffic raises chance for road rage incidents, says AAA


Have you ever been involved in a road rage incident?

While many are making plans to join an estimated 150 million-plus consumers planning to shop over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year, AAA has a number of traffic safety and safe shopping reminders to ensure an enjoyable shopping experience.

“There will be an unprecedented amount of traffic around malls and shopping centers beginning Thanksgiving afternoon and right through the weekend,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, AAA Blue Grass manager of public and government affairs. “It is important that motorists and pedestrians alike practice patience and caution while navigating parking lots and roadways.”

Nearly 80 percent of American drivers have expressed significant anger and aggression behind the wheel, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) study. About 8 million U.S. drivers have engaged in some type of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.

“Motorists are reminded not to let emotions lead to destructive choices,” said Weaver Hawkins. “Don’t risk escalating a situation. You never know how the other driver might react. Instead, maintain a cool head and focus on reaching your destination safely.”

As motorists head out to capture Black Friday deals, AAA offers these tips to help prevent road rage:

  • Don’t Offend. Avoid forcing another driver to use their brakes or turn the steering wheel in response to something you have done.
  • Be Tolerant and Forgiving. Assume that it’s not personal. The other driver may just be having a really bad day.
  • Do Not Respond. Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures and maintain space around your vehicle. Call 911 if needed.

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