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Interventions to Reverse Road Rage
Road Rage - A Reason to Worry







Interventions to Reverse Road Rage

"Road Rage" is a relatively serious act, which jeopardizes the public safety. Hence, there seems to be a dire need to enlist various methods that can be implemented to reverse "Road Rage". These include:

Road Rage in India
  1. Education through Campaigns
    Road Rage campaigns can be run locally for public information. In this direction, a "Road Rage Prevention Curriculum" can be designed covering aspects like driving education, information on road rage prevention etc. Cut outs and templates can be designed to complement the message. These can be sponsored by merchants.

  2. Enforcement of Traffic Laws
    Stringent Enforcement of laws can no doubt lend a hand at a regional, state and municipal level. Laws can be enforced using unmarked cars, plain clothed police officers, video cameras etc. Various bodies and agencies (Road Transport Authority, Central Police, Traffic Police, Highway Authority, construction agencies, DDA) can join hands and pool in their resources to combat the menace.

  3. Self-Help Methods/ Co-operative Programs
    These programs can help in distributing handy resources personally to drivers to increase driver awareness, reducing stress levels. Tapes, books, classes, surveys and self tests can lend a helping hand in running these programs effectively.

  4. Penalties for Offenders/Legislations
    Poor existing laws addressing the issues combined with offenders who try to play with the ambiguous wordings of the laws, in combination with the interpretations by Law Enforcement Officers act as barriers in passing Aggressive Driving Legislations. Although penalties including: higher fines, mandatory jail time, loss of license, Warning letters have been formulated but they are not taken seriously as a learning lessons. Drivers pay the hefty amounts and think that they have got the permission to continue with the wrong. They should realize their mistake and discontinue with it.
  5. Call-in Cellular Systems
    As in abroad, a number of hotlines can be installed to allow citizens to report Aggressive Driving incidents directly to local law enforcement officers. But, it should be kept in mind that not to misuse the numbers.

  6. Intelligent Transportation System
    Such systems can effectively deter Road Rage with intersection cameras. The "Red Light Runners" and "Speeders" can be captured on camera and later use the photographs to counter the offenders. This method makes it possible to detect the offenders without the physical presence of the officers on the spot.

  7. Internet and Media
    Radio and Television announcements can help in increasing public awareness. Internet can prove to be an effective tool with abundant resources. Sites with "Report It" feature are increasing in numbers. These sites are loaded with "Driver Improvement Pages" and "Self assessment Quizzes".

  8. Driver Education
    The motorists on a whole are ill informed about the originators of Aggressive Driving. Campaigns can be run to teach drivers their own behaviors and how to deal with the aggressive behavior of other drivers.

Do's and Don'ts of Road Rage


  • Do make an apology if you have done a mistake.
  • Do try to be seated in the car in case of a conflict.
  • Do tune in to your favorite music to feel relax while driving.
  • Do try to use public transports.
  • Do drive within the posted limits.
  • Do look for less congested routes.
  • Do make an attempt to get out of the way in case of a conflict.
  • Do make it a point to report aggressive driving to the concerned officials.
  • Do put as much distance between you and others as possible.
  • Do stay behind a suspected drunk driver.


  • Don't allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cellular phone, eating, drinking or putting on makeup.
  • Don't make and respond to any angry gesture or action.
  • Don't rush if you are getting late.
  • Don't use abusive language while driving.
  • Don't cut in front of any vehicle.
  • Don't challenge by speeding.
  • Don't make an eye contact.
  • Don't tailgate.
  • Don't make matters worse by triggering confrontations.
  • Don't try to stop the vehicle between roads.
  • Don't attempt to act to the capacity of the police.

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