Don't be a victim of road rage

How to avoid a road confrontation before it starts

For the third time in a week, road rage has made headlines in the Tampa Bay area.

A Polk County man was arrested Tuesday after deputies said he tried to attack a family following a case of road rage.

A St. Petersburg woman was recovering Wednesday from a brutal attack she says started when she beeped her horn at another driver.

Then on Thursday night, A woman was grabbed by the arm and dragged through a St. Petersburg intersection before being run over by the driver.

See a report on this latest road rage attack at 5 p.m. on ABC Action News, or watch the broadcast online here: http://wfts.tv/1jGWUtl

It could happen to any one of us.  Someone gets cut off, no turn signal was used, or following too closely can escalate into road rage quicker than it began.

There have been two cases of road rage in the Bay Area in just a week and ABC Action News is taking action for your family's safety with some tips on how to stay safe on the road.

According to a AAA Foundation study, aggressive driving sparked by road rage accounts for more than half of fatal road accidents! 

That said, what should you do to avoid being a victim?  AAA says the answer is simple because these may be things you do everyday and just don't think twice about it:

  • --Don't tailgate
  • --Don't travel in the left lane if you know you are going to go under the speed limit.
  • --avoid cutting people off

Everyone is in a hurry, especially during the morning and evening commutes.  Keeping these tips in mind could literally save your life!

If you find yourself in a road rage incident though, AAA says:

  • --Don't engage with the person, no gestures, faces, or shouting
  • --Don't make eye contact or do anything to make them even more angry.
  • --If things escalate, start honking your horn to get the attention of other drivers around you and as soon as it's possible, call 9-1-1.

For more information on how to avoid road rage and stay safe on the roads, especially as the summer travel season approaches, visit https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/RoadRageBrochure.pdf

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