Fortunately, only a small amount of road rage cases involve the use of deadly weapons which could include the vehicles themselves. Aggressive driving incidents that advance to later stages may often involve rude gestures, but fortunately most don't, so this form of aggressive driving is not very common. Excessive speed can sometimes lead to road rage especially when there are two cars involved in a makeshift race. However, the most common cause of aggressive driving is tailgating, which is very annoying to drivers and can happen when a driver is not paying attention, or worse yet talking on a mobile phone.
Of course staying home and not driving at all will avoid road rage but obviously this is not practical. If you put on your brakes while being tailgated, this could very well cause a road rage event to occur in itself. Placing a sign in a car with a threatening message will more likely cause a road rage incident rather than prevent it. Nearly every road rage occurrence can be avoided by simply letting an aggressive driver pass when they approach from behind as most road rage events start in this manner.
A car horn is used to avoid a potential collision or to warn other drivers that they are disrupting the flow of traffic. Because of this, a vehicle pulling out in front of you or attempting to change into your lane should be warned with a toot of the horn. They most likely cannot see you and using your horn could very well avoid a serious accident and even save people's lives. If a light turns green and the car in front of you is not moving, then the horn should be used as this vehicle is disrupting the flow of traffic. However, if a car is simply driving the speed limit in front of you, using the horn in this case may not only make the driver slow down but could lead to a road rage incident.
Unless someone is having an exceptionally bad day, this is almost never the cause of road rage other than an occasional toot of the horn. Lack of sleep can cause someone to dose off at the wheel and swerve out of their lane, which could lead to a road rage incident, but this condition would rarely make a driver more aggressive. Manic-depression disorder can cause a person to have highs and lows without much warning, but has not shown to increase the chances of road rage. There is a known condition called intermittent explosive disorder that causes a person to have intermittent fits of rage, making this the leading cause of road rage.
Men are more aggressive than women because they possess the hormone testosterone. Men needed this hormone to give them aggression and lack of fear to aid in hunting game. Women do not possess as much of this hormone and tend to be less aggressive. Young drivers are less mature and experienced at driving and are more likely to make mistakes or act rude on the road. Because of this, younger males are by far the most likely to be involved in road rage and when two young males are involved, this will have the most potential to escalate into a serious situation.
People tend to drive more aggressively when they are under stress or are in a hurry. People driving on vacation or on a day trip are most likely driving in an unfamiliar area and will be driving slower and less aggressively since they may not be familiar with the roads they are traveling on. People running errands or driving to work are on familiar roads and are rarely a hurry to get to work. However, people driving home from work are looking to get home as soon as possible to salvage their evenings and are much more hurried. Because of this people driving home during their commute are more likely to experience road rage.
Fortunately weaving in and out of travel lanes is not all too common as it can easily lead to fatal accidents on high-speed roads such as interstate highways. Cutting other drivers off is also a sure way to cause an accident but it too is not all too common. Tailgating is very common, but excessive speed is the most frequent form of aggressive driving which unfortunately can lead to major accidents and of course road rage.
Aggressive driving and road rage have been increasing due to the fact that there are more drivers on the road and more miles are being driven per driver each year. Any event that is labeled as road rage is a criminal offense. Road rage can be avoided by simply pulling to the right and letting the aggressive driver pass or even holding up a 'sorry' sign if you have done something wrong by mistake. However, violence does not necessarily have to be involved for an instance to be labeled as road rage, an example being an attempt to block your movement with their car.
Never attempt to confront a driver involved in road rage as this could easily escalate to violence. Do not attempt to speed up and drive away as this could lead to a dangerous car chase and make the situation worse. Attempting to block the movement of or trapping a person involved in road rage will most certainly make the situation much worse and it could lead to violence. Simply pulling into a public place with people around will discourage the angry driver and make them think twice before causing any violence or becoming a danger to you.
While adverse weather conditions can lead to less safe driving conditions, these conditions may actually decrease road rage and aggressive driving since people are driving more carefully in these conditions. Speed, loud music and drinking could accelerate aggressive driving and road rage, however hot temperatures, heavy traffic and noise causes the most stress and are the leading causes of aggressive driving.