Whether it is someone you know or YOU yourself, we all at times need a bit of a reality check when it comes to the cost of road raging habits. This instant gratification of “teaching other drivers a lesson” can be hugely regrettable and costly. At Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors we’d like to offer this reminder on the benefits to holding back that rage, keeping inner sanity on the road and keeping the roads of Pennsylvania safe and sound.
What defines road-rage
If you’re a driver on the road, you know what road rage is, however there are subtle differences between the definition of road rage and aggressive driving that should be distinguished before reading further.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving violates traffic laws, whereas road rage involves more serious criminal actions that knowingly endanger other drivers and passengers. For example, running a stop sign because you are late is aggressive driving – running a stop sign to tailgate a car that cut you off is road rage and can equate to criminal charges.
What it can cost you and your loved ones
The most obvious cost to road rage is putting you and others on the road at risk for accident. One of the leading causes of death in the United States is automobile accidents and road rage contributes so much to this horrific statistic.
When a road-rage incident shows up on your record as a criminal offense, it is a serious red flag to your car insurance company. Insurers may charge more for the policy to cover the added risk posed by a driver with this kind of criminal driving history.
Road-ragers may also have difficulty getting full payouts for car damages. Most insurers restrict coverage for deliberate or reckless acts like road rage.
Keep the sanity, avoid the raging
Valerie Peterson, Public Relations Specialist at AAA in Pittsburgh says, " Give yourself enough time to get where you are going first of all." She suggests trying to lessen stress while driving by making your car as comfortable as you can, adjusting the mirrors and your seat before you begin driving.
Here are a few other pointers that may not have been considered:
- Leave some wiggle room: In heavy traffic people tend to drive bumper-to-bumper, but leaving space to stop and go more fluidly and be able to easily pull around the car in front of you will alleviate the stress factor overall.
- Ease your grip on the wheel: According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, can cause headaches, and perpetuate stress making a bad situation worse
- Listen to music not the traffic: Music affects your mood. Take advantage of this and listen to music that calms you and takes your mind in a positive direction.
Remember Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors is here to cover your needs and wants you safe! Always call us with your insurance questions or concerns.