As the cause of 56% of fatal
vehicle accidents, aggressive driving has become an urgent problem. And it just got personal,
as Tampa reached an alarming rate of 9.5 fatalities per 100,000 drivers—the
second highest death rate in the nation behind San Bernardino, California.
Florida seems to top the list in this road rage category, with Orlando,
Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale serving as fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.
So what exactly is aggressive driving or “road rage?” It can
include speeding, racing, tailgating, ignoring road signs and stoplights,
or confronting other drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
also considers failing to yield, weaving in and out of traffic or making
improper lane changes, and passing on the right to fall under these behaviors.
Unfortunately, every one of us has probably participated in or witnessed
at least one of these habits on a regular basis.
At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, our greatest care in the world is for the
community of Old Tampa; and it’s time we become more conscious of
our driving. We all have a responsibility to protect our community on
the road and preserve the pride of Old Tampa.
Follow These Simple Tips to Stay Safe
1. Get Enough Rest
According to the National Sleep Foundation, tiredness can contribute to
road rage, as it leads to a sense of anger and annoyance that affects
your driving behavior. So try to get the recommended eight hours of sleep.
2. Plan Ahead
When you’re running late, you tend to be more quick tempered and
prone to speeding. So try to add ten minutes to your expected travel time
to prepare for any unexpected delays like having to stop for gas or taking a detour.
3. Practice Kindness
Remember simple courtesies and practice the old “treat people the
way you want to be treated.
4. Consider Your Driving Habits
Pay attention next time you’re in your car. Do you participate in
any of the aggressive behaviors mentioned above? If so, try to make a
conscious effort to eliminate them.
You don’t have to be clenching the steering wheel or sitting stiffly
to be in control of your vehicle, so you can loosen up a bit. Roll down
the windows to get some fresh air and make stops if you need to.
If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, please
call Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez to learn your rights and protect your family’s financial wellbeing.