Usually, the next form of road rage involves yelling out your window at someone. Profanities may or may not be involved. Yelling can often start a bigger confrontation.
Angry or Obscene Gestures
Shaking your fists or flipping the bird are two of the most common gestures in road rage incidents. Keep in mind that an angry gesture will likely be met with an equal or greater angry action. This is how road rage escalates into accidents that lead to insurance claims, like someone striking your car intentionally, a form of auto vandalism.
If someone doesn’t feel as if you are going fast enough, they are likely to start tailgating you, driving very close to the rear of your car. Tailgating is an aggressive driving move that often results in road rage that leads to more rear-end collisions.
Blocking Another Vehicle From Changing Lanes
To get where you’re going, you often need to move from lane to lane so that you can turn or take freeway exits. A common form of road rage has the angry driver prevent the other driver from changing lanes, escalating an already contentious situation.
Purposefully Cutting Another Vehicle Off
Angry drivers who feel that they’ve been cut off themselves or otherwise had their driving infringed upon may cut you off purposely. Often they’ll do this repeatedly to make a point that they are in control. Use your defensive driving skills to avoid an accident and try to find a route they aren’t taking.
Exiting the Vehicle to Confront Another Driver
This may happen at a stoplight or in heavy traffic. A triggered driver may get out of their car and approach the car they feel did something wrong. They will often scream and pound on the window of the car they are confronting. As evidenced by the case with Aiden Leos, confrontations can lead to extreme actions such as fights or gun violence.
Bumping or Ramming Another Vehicle
This is one of the more dangerous actions a road rager can engage in. They may come up behind you and ram you or come alongside and swerve into you. You know you are dealing with someone who has no regard for the law or property when this happens. Call the police for help immediately.