New York likely has the highest number of aggressive drivers in the United States. According to a recent study, New York City has the greatest incidences of road rage in the country based on the fact it had the most #roadrage posts on Instagram since 2013.
Road rage is abundant throughout New York. If you tend to keep your cool behind the wheel, then you need to know how to handle these aggressive drivers to avoid a car accident. It is vital you recognize the signs of road rage and respond carefully to steer clear of a collision.
Do not reciprocate
When you see someone cut you off or perform an obscene gesture, it is easy for the blood to boil. However, you only endanger yourself and everyone in your car if you try to get back at the other driver. When someone drives in a way that makes you angry, you should take deep breaths and count to 10. It is better to simply drive away than engage in a driver who could put your safety at risk.
Roll up your windows
Aggressive drivers may want to get a reaction out of you. They may feel slighted against if you had to cut them off in traffic earlier. There is no point in talking to the driver as this will only make them angrier in most cases. You should roll up the windows and lock the doors. It is not unheard of for drivers to get out of their vehicles to accost others, so you want to play it safe.
Report aggressive drivers
People driving way over the speed limit pose a danger to themselves and others. You can help prevent a collision from happening to anyone by reporting aggressive drivers to the police. You should make note if a driver is reckless or drives too fast. You should provide a vehicle description, including license plate number if possible, to help police locate the driver putting everyone at risk.