Gulf Coast Road Rage: The New Normal?

Sep 11, 2020 | Allen A. Ritchie



Are you seeing more angry drivers than before the pandemic? Do you hear more honking horns? Notice less courtesy as you try to change lanes?

Instances of road rage are being spotted all over the country. Some with disastrous results. The fear of facing an angry crowd has also seen some drivers starting to carry firearms.

Some observers say it is the months of isolation that have contributed to this driving danger. Others note that perhaps the loss of jobs, housing uncertainty, and required mask-wearing have made people fearful and less willing to consider the wellbeing of others.

If you don’t want to end up in a car crash or worse, the solution may be for you to consider your safety first.

According to one sheriff’s office, here are some actions to help avoid road rage:

  • Use your horn rarely.
  • Don’t speed up and challenge an aggressive driver.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.

The most common situations that result in road rage are:

  • Tailgating.
  • Cutting off another driver.
  • Traveling slowly in the left lane.
  • Failure to signal a lane change.

So, the bottom line is to stay calm, be observant and avoid trouble. Remember, a car crash will not do anyone any good.

If you suffer a personal injury like an auto accident or slip and fall, you can talk to us at the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie for free. We want to help you get back on your feet. We are working remotely mostly but are always available.

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Allen Ritchie

Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer