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Road Rage Defined

What is road rage and why should you care about it? These helpful FAQs will answer the most frequently asked questions on road rage and provide valuable information on why it is so important to commit to safe driving practices.*

Q. What is road rage?

A. Road rage is defined as an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or an assault precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway.

Q. What is aggressive driving?

A. Aggressive driving is defined as a progression of unlawful driving actions such as:

  • speeding -- exceeding the posted limit or driving too fast for conditions
  • improper or excessive lane changing: failing to signal intent, failing to see that movement can be made safely
  • improper passing -- failing to signal intent, using an emergency lane to pass, or passing on the shoulder* 

Q. What’s the difference between road rage and aggressive driving?

A.  Aggressive driving is a traffic offense; road rage is a criminal offense.* 

Q. What is the most common sign of road rage/aggressive driving? 

A. The most obvious form of road rage is aggressive and excessive speeding, particularly on congested highways or in bad weather. 

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* Definitions provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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