Whenever you are out on the road, you may notice some drivers seem more tense and disagreeable than others.
When those drivers are in charge of steering and handling large and unwieldy trucks, then you may start to worry about how road rage plays a part in potential crashes. These crashes may happen either on back roads or on major highways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a common reaction to stress from running late or getting off schedule is speeding. While that is already dangerous in a smaller vehicle, it can yield even deadlier results in a truck.
Other cars on the road may feel intimidated or even feel the need to pull off the road in order to let the truck pass them if the truck driver gets too close. In extreme circumstances, the person with road rage may even run red lights or stop signs in order to follow you.
Influences rude gestures and shouting
Flipping off other people or screaming out a truck window are both signs of intense road rage. As a smaller car on the road, it may seem tempting to yell back in order to show you are not intimidated, but the most effective way to deescalate the situation is to focus elsewhere. Ignore any gestures or yelling and turn on your radio if you need a distraction.
Influences approaching other drivers
While this may seem like a last resort, some truck drivers may exit the vehicle and approach you in order to start a physical altercation. In order to stop your car, they may even attempt to run you off the road. Road rage is a serious concern for anyone stuck in traffic with other vehicles, especially trucks.