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What to do if you encounter road rage

What should you do if you encounter an angry driver on the road?

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sometimes drivers experience very intense moments of anger behind the wheel and eighty two percent of drivers in the U.S. have admitted to having road rage or driving aggressively at least once in the past year. So what is road rage, and what should you do if you encounter it?

Road rage can be a very tricky topic of conversation, and although it's not criminal activity or against the law, it has put many drivers in harm's way. 

Sergeant Donny Brasham with Huntsville Police explained what exactly road rage is and what you should do if you're in a road rage incident. "Road rage in itself is not criminal, it's a term we use with aggressive drivers that may follow people." He also says what happens criminally is usually after the fact, like "assault, harassment or menacing." 

Basham says they get numerous calls throughout the week, but very few result in a criminal act. If you are ever in a road rage incident that escalates or results in fear, here is what you should know:

"If they're stuck in traffic, just lock your doors. Call 911. Stay on the phone with the operator. Listen to what she is asking. Give very descriptive information on the vehicle of the person that is occupying the vehicle and if they're unable to drive to stay in the vehicle."

How big of a problem is road rage? According to thezebra.com, 82% of drivers in the U.S. admit to having road rage or driving aggressively at least once in the past year. 59% of drivers reported showing anger by honking. 45% of drivers report changing lanes without signaling. 42% of drivers claimed they've yelled or cursed loudly at another driver. 

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