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How to Avoid Being a Road Rage Victim


Angry Driver with Road Rage

Angry Driver with Road Rage

A suspected road rage incident in Houston--one that proved fatal--points out the unknown danger that prevails on the highway.  

In this case, the police are looking for a dark-colored pickup truck. The occupants allegedly shot the owner of a car repair and sales business, according to The Houston Chronicle. Before his own truck struck a SUV and careened into an apartment house, the victim managed to phone his business partner of 25 years to say that he feared “something bad was going to happen.” The news report suggested the episode began when the deceased honked his horn after being cut off by the unidentified truck.

The victim called 911 in the course of the chase, and police were on the scene when the partner arrived in a vain attempt to assist his friend.

Witnesses reported hearing six to eight shots fired, at least one of which struck the victim in the head, who was pronounced dead at a Houston hospital.

 

This account is tragic, and its ramifications go beyond the victim, his family and immediate friends. The Chronicle points out that the victim was sensitive to life’s ups and downs and would repair customer’s cars when they couldn’t afford to pay.

The incident also demonstrates how an escalation of events can transpire when a justified and innocent reaction to highway bullying spirals out of control. 

It also demonstrates how the proliferation of guns makes every road rage incident potentially deadly. In this case the use of a gun cut down on the time the victim had to reach safety in spite of his calls for help.

Avoiding road rage

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in its advisory “Road Rage, How to Avoid Aggressive Driving” is very clear about handling these types of drivers. It instructs drivers to follow these steps to avoid becoming a victim:

--Do not to engage the bully. "Protect yourself against aggressive drivers by refusing to become angry at them.”

--Steer clear of these drivers and to give them plenty of room and to remove themselves from the scene as quickly as possible.

--Try to keep the encounter as impersonal as possible by not making eye contact with the aggressor.

--Try to get help by using a cell phone and driving to a spot where there are other people around.

 

[Houston Chronicle & AAA Foundation]       

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Comments (5)
  1. Um, the "bully" here is in fact a murderer.
    This person belongs in prison.
     
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  2. Well also consider if the VICTUM had a gun it might have ended very differently. The raging nitwit may have "snapped" out of his rage at the sight of a gun barrel pointed back at him.
    Rule #1 in a road rage situation. NEVER get out of your car. EVER
    Rule #2 if you can not FLEE and the other party gets out of the car aggressively. RUN THEM OVER. if you can not flee and they are out of their car in a menacing manner THEY MEAN TO DO YOU HARM. Treat them accordingly.
    Rule #3 if the rage has not gotten to the point of violence one way to kill road rage instantly is to whip out a camera. I have a 100% success ratio with the camera. They "snap out of it" the moment they see the camera (no cell phone's don't work).
     
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  3. "Do not engage the bully."
    I disagree. We should just people who do something illegal or impolite or improper get away with it? Ignore them and not minimally hold them accountable for their actions? No.
    That's why society has so many issues because people who act improperly are NOT called out NOR held accountable for their actions.
    I agree with keeping a safe distance from the person AFTER you have let them know (however so chosen) that they acted improperly.
    But just sit their and take it? No way. What kind of advice is that.
     
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  4. Guns are the last thing to start blaming here. If the killer didn't have a gun, it would have been his car, or a knife or a bat or any number of things. Restrictive gun laws don't disarm criminals, they ONLY disarm law abiding citizens. Any man who is going to commit a crime with a gun is not going to be deterred by a law or a sign prohibiting firearm possession. The only way to stop gun crimes is to arm more citizens to make criminals think twice before using their weapon to begin with. An armed society is a
    polite society.
     
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  5. To a degree I agree with this. Once I had an enraged driver follow me for 20min, I called the local police since he was making and saying threats. Then I drove him right to the police station, needless to say cops were waiting. =)In any situation I think it's just important to keep your cool, and never make a left turn and always be ready to make a right turn....
     
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